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Suicide Prevention: The Significance of the Semicolon

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Addiction, anxiety, depression and much more are very present in the lives of those who suffer from mental health issues.

The semicolon symbolizes a continuation of someone’s life. The semicolon is a representation of strength in the middle of a storm. It is used as an affirmation of solidarity against a plethora of mental health issues including suicide, eating disorders and addictive behaviors.

The Project Semicolon, a non-profit organization whose goal is promoting mental health wellness and suicide prevention, was founded by Amy Bleuel in 2013. The semicolon, the project’s logo, is a continuation of life, not an end. It marks a decision to move forward, not to stop.

As their mission states, they are “the nation’s most effective grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for people all over the world faced with mental illness.”

Image: Project Semicolon


Those who deal with suicidal thoughts and tendencies are encouraged to get a tattoo, real or fake, of the symbol as a constant reminder of support and love moving them forward, knowing that their story isn’t over. It is used to fight, which heightens its impact on the wearer and everyone around them.

Although it is small, the semicolon symbolizes a message to the darkest times in people’s lives that there is more to their lives than what’s plaguing them. No matter what it means to each person that uses it, the semicolon brings out strength and positivity it is needed.

Suicide Prevention Resources:

If you or someone you knows struggles with suicidal thoughts, reach out to a trained professional for help.

National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-950-6264

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741


The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of A Second Chance, Inc.

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