World Semicolon day was started by a website called Project Semicolon, that was founded by Amy Bleuel as a tribute to her father who committed suicide. Amy was found dead on March 23, 2017, at age 31, also due to suicide. This day was created to inform people about how common the issue of suicide is. Project Semicolon has raised awareness, and in turn, it has helped 5.2 million people since 2013.

World Semicolon Day

The purpose of World Semicolon Day is also for those who have attempted or thought of suicide, to share their stories with their friends, and those on social media. A lot of people have gotten semicolon tattoos to pay tribute to themselves, their friends, their family members, and others, and to tell others that their story isn’t over yet.

The Project Semicolon website is a credible source for those that want more information on mental health, to share their own stories and battles with mental illness, and to donate to their cause to help more people. The profound impact that Project Semicolon has has rippled throughout the nation, and even internationally. It led to the advent of other easily accessible resources for people to lean on in their time of need.

Other resources

CrisisText Line is a new resource for people to use when they need help with any type of problem.

Simply by texting 741741, users are automatically connected to a trained volunteer within 5 minutes to discuss their problems. There are also many hotlines and resources for those who are struggling to reach out for help. Project Semicolon has educated people on the severity and reality of mental illness, and it is very important for people to become more aware of how important it is to be informed.

My story

When I was a junior in high school, I had gone through a very emotionally abusive relationship. At the time, I didn’t know how to cope with it. I didn’t think I had anyone to go to, and my mindset was: if this one person can’t love me, why would anyone else? It was a very difficult time for me, and that led me to have difficulty trusting anyone. One day before work, I had enough of it, and cut my legs with a razor, so that with my long pants covering my feet, no one would be able to see. Now, 4 years later, I still have the scars. Every day I live with the reminders of that relationship, and it scarred me in so many ways.

I currently battle with anxiety and depression, and each day I wake up with a new lease on life, always trying to think of new ways to use a semicolon; because there can’t be enough. I am so thankful that people now have the resources to get help at their fingertips, and are more informed than ever on the prevalence of mental illness and mental health issues.