You may have seen someone with a semicolon tattooed or just drawn on their wrist. There's actually a heartfelt and powerful reason behind the act.

The semicolon tattoo has its roots with Amy Bluel. The Green Bay, Wisconsin woman's dad committed suicide. In response, Bluel founded Project Semicolon, a non-profit group aimed to "encourage, love and inspire" suicidal people and show them that life is worth living.

So where does the semicolon come into play? The Project Semicolon website explains:

A semicolon is used when an author could've chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life.

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide or has displayed suicidal thoughts or actions, you should call 911, contact a mental health professional or call 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433).


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