With the recent devastating news of the suicide of Amy Bleuel (the founder of the semicolon project), I wanted to share the attached photo and message my son wrote last year on Semi-colon day:
“I want to say the meaning of the tattoo my mama and I share. The author used a semicolon because he could have ended the sentence, but chose not to. The author meaning you, and the sentence meaning your life. So if you see anyone with a semicolon drawn on their wrist today it is for suicide awareness. You never know what a person is going through until you are in their shoes, so always be mindful of the words you choose. And to anyone having a rough time right now, give it time, and positive thoughts will lead to positive outcomes.”
You can also read my write up from last year.
Sending prayers to Amy’s family and followers at this time. While Amy’s earthly story may have ended much too soon, her legacy will live on forever in all those she touched with the semicolon movement. There are many more chapters and stories to tell.
Your story is not over yet.
If you or someone you know is in crisis or having suicidal thoughts please reach out. You are not alone. Here are some resources.
Photo courtesy of author.