Actions speak louder then words. This common proverb can be found in many languages, meaning that what you do is more significant then what you say. This is true for many people who are struggling with mental health issues. Suicide, self-harm, and addiction are all loud actions, however, surviving and overcoming these issues speaks even louder. Amy Bleuel is a survivor who has overcome a handful traumas and mental health issues including depression, bullying, and rape. Amy founded Project Semicolon to share her story of overcoming theses obstacles, as well as to honor her father whom she lost to suicide.
The Project Semicolon began as a social media movement in 2013, and has since become a worldwide crusade. A semicolon, as we all know, is a common punctuation mark used in grammar, to continue on a sentence. Now, the semicolon is taking on a bigger, more powerful meaning and is being used to empower those who suffer from depression, anxiety, self-harm, addiction and suicide. The idea is simple, “A semicolon is used when an author could’ve ended their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life.”
On April 16th of 2013, the first Project Semicolon campaign was launched via social media channels. People were asked to draw a semicolon on their wrist if they, or someone they knew, suffer from depression, self-harm, anxiety, addiction or even a broken heart; to show their support for the project and those struggling with these issues. Three years later, individuals continue to show their support by either drawing on, or more permanently, tattooing a semi colon onto their bodies.
Unfortunately, mental health issues come accompanied with social stigmas that can cause people struggling with these feelings to feel that they are alone in their situation. The Semicolon Project has created a conversation about mental health, and has created a community of support. “Project Semicolon is inspiring those struggling with these issues, to keep their stories going, and to be an inspiration to those who are struggling.”
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