Project semicolon is trending. Motivated by her own struggle with depression and suicide, Amy Bleuel started the campaign back in 2013 – its a “faith-based non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and love to those who are struggling with depression, suicide, addiction and self-injury,” She decided to turn the semicolon into a symbol of hope and love to support those struggling with similar issues.
Although tattoos were not originally a part of the movement, they are a testament to its growth over the years. And while the campaign does not provide actual health services, it has played a huge role in highlighting a taboo subject, and given people the courage to speak about sensitive mental health issues. The semicolon has become a symbol of mutual solidarity for those suffering on a daily basis.
“Supporters just chose to get the tattoos on their own,” Bleuel tells PEOPLE. “The project was started by asking others to draw a semicolon on their wrist to show support. The semicolon was chosen because in literature a semicolon is used when an author chooses to not end a sentence. You are the author and the sentence is your life. You are choosing to continue.”
The project has now spread its influence further than Bleuel ever anticipated.
“Over the years Project Semicolon has become much more than just one person honoring a parent,” reads the group’s website. “Through musician support and social media, the message of hope and love has reached a big audience in many different countries.”