Amy Bluel created a campaign called the 'Project Semicolon' that encourages people to break the stigma and raise awareness of mental illness by inking their bodies with semicolon tattoos. This simple punctuation is used by writers who could have ended their sentence but decided to continue. In this sense, the author is someone suffering from mental illness and the sentence is their life.
The semicolon tattoo does not have to be real -- it can be printed on your skin with a pen or marker but the idea is to broadcast the tattoo to let those suffering with mental illness know that they have support. The campaign provides a global support group for those who need it most.
Project Semicolon has helped many people and will continue to do so. Supporters of the campaign proudly promote the phrase "this is not the end, but a new beginning."
These Tattoos Represent the Fight of Those Struggling with Mental Illness
Ady Floyd — July 9, 2015 — Social Good
References: stuff.co.nz & mymodernmet