The Semicolon Tattoo

What is a semicolon tattoo?

Yes, these tattoos are SMALL, but the meaning of semicolon tattoos are huge…

In writing, the semicolon separates two thoughts but indicates they share something in common. Everyday individuals that don’t write often might never use the semicolon. It’s becoming one of the most popular tattoos in the country right now, though. Tattoo artists continue to draw small semicolons onto thousands of eager customers’ bodies.

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But why? What does a semicolon tattoo mean?

Amy Bleuel fought against mental illness and depression throughout her life.

In fact, she lost her father to suicide some time ago.

That spurred Bleuel to create Project Semicolon in 2013. The project started as a way of honoring her father, and now it symbolizes hope for a countless number of people.

Project Semicolon’s website makes a simple statement on this punctuation mark.

The semicolon tattoo meaningIt states that the optional semicolon continues a sentence rather than ending one like an abrupt period.

Therefore, each human being is the author that chooses to keep the sentence (life) going on. Many individuals struggling with depression, self-harm and other ailments can embrace the semicolon.

They can relate to the sentence-ending (life-ending) period, too.

A Message From Project Semicolon

Based in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Project Semicolon attempts to tell each person that the story isn’t over.

It’s a faith-based nonprofit that encourages each person to keep battling depression, self-harm and other issues.

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The semicolon originally represented its founder’s father. Since then, it has grown to represent millions of people that want to share their stories and continue them until the proper ending is written.

Project Semicolon is all about inspiration.

Tattooing businesses across the country have reported an increase in semicolon tattoo requests. Such awareness has helped Project Semicolon increase the visibility of its cause and plight.

Jazymn Case works at the popular 717 Tattoo and Body Piercing business. It’s based in Harrisburg, and she’s performed over 10 semicolon tattoo designs recently. She notes that people do it for themselves and others that they know.

Similarly, J.D. Brosius from Never Say Die Tattoo and Body Piercing has performed almost 20 such tattoos. That parlor is located in Harrisburg as well. A similar story is playing out for tattoo artists around the United States.

The owner of Red Beard Ink, Robert Treat, notes that six semicolon tattoos have been inked in the past week. In an interview, he mentioned a couple that tattooed the semicolon and the date of their first meeting on themselves.

Treat notes that he never asks what the story is behind the tattoo, but he can often make inferences nonetheless.

Mental Illness: A Growing Problem In America

As mental illness rates continue to rise, the issue remains a mostly invisible one.

semicolon tattoo meaning self harm

Everyone seems to talk about all other issues, except for mental health. An American takes his or her own life every 13 minutes nowadays. In a single year, that tally reaches a cumulative 40,000 Americans. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention notes that most suicide victims suffered from diagnosable disorders.

Suicide is even the 10th most common cause of death in the country.

Even though such a preventable cause of death should be fought against, we remain silent on the problem. Issues like STDs and even homicide are commonplace on television. For whatever reason, mental health topics seem to bring out the pitchforks for the whistleblower on such problems.

An invisible problem can only worsen, and that’s going to be the case for depression, self-harm, suicide, and other mental health topics.

A Problem That Receives Lackluster Support and Care

Unfortunately, men and women battle depression for their entire lives.

It never disappears completely because a resurgence can occur without warning. This can happen every couple days or every few years. One day a person feels incredible, and then they feel terrible the next day.

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Few individuals that suffer from mental health problems seek medical attention. In the beginning, they don’t want others to see them struggle. An admission of a problem makes people feel weak.

After dealing with the issue long enough, help simply seems impossible.

Heather Parrie received a semicolon tattoo to support Project Semicolon. She wasn’t supporting a friend or family member, though. To the contrary, she did it for herself after publicly revealing a diagnosis for depression and anxiety. Parrie is a blogger that resides in Kansas City, Missouri.

She blogged about the experience on her website. What does a semicolon tattoo cost? For $60, she let a stranger with a Jesus tattoo adorning his head ink a semicolon onto her wrist. Parrie plans to keep the mark there until her last breath.

The semicolon tattoo is a promise to herself.

To Parrie, that promise is that she’ll never put the period after her sentence by choice.

Parrie mentions that the stigma associated with mental illness is still strong. Her goal is to bring up a major conversation about mental health in the country.

After feeling stigmatized, she now wants people to realize something about mental health problems.

She wants people to see the semicolon on her wrist and know that they’ll be OK at some point in the future. When people see the tattoo on others, they can realize that they’re sick but not alone or crazy. The story can always go on as the author keeps on writing.

Individuals don’t have to feel like failures or feel like they’re receiving pity.


Stories from our readers.

I’m only 17 but I feel I have a lifetime of experience. Last year, I lost my dad after an 8 month battle with stage 4 cancer. He was the dad that wanted to be everyone’s best friend and I love and miss him everyday. Since his passing, I have been diagnosed with depression, PTSD, and insomnia. That was a few months after he died and I went to grief therapy. I had to stop going because all I did was talk and relive those heartbreaking events from those eight months. Watching someone you love give up the fight to live because of an illness that is taking over their body is a nightmare to watch let alone live.

I’m currently finishing up my senior year of high school. Many people have asked me if I’ll miss high school. I won’t. I’ll miss maybe 5 people and my choir class and thats it. I don’t want to look back on these past four years and have this roller coaster as my memories.

I decided once I turn 18, I’m going to get a semicolon tattoo. I have thought about self harm but I knew once I did that I would never get back on track. I would have panic attacks daily and have my PTSD trigger which has my depression following right behind it. I would plaster on this fake smile and pretend to be ok. I know now that its alright to show emotion. So I want the tattoo as a reminder that it is ok to let people in and ask for help. I might get the words “my story is just beginning” as well but thats still debateable. But, in the end I’m glad I am getting this because it provides self reassurance as well as bringing up questions and i can tell my story. -Melissa

Semicolon Tattoo News & Updates

Read our new review of the CES Ultra (by Adam S, Lexington Kentucky).

Amy Bleuel ended her life on Thursday March 23rd 2017.

Write to me about anything related to a semicolon tattoo, mental health or the project semicolon.

51 Responses to The Semicolon Tattoo

  1. Marianita May 21, 2016 at 5:10 pm #

    Thank you!!!

  2. Karen June 3, 2016 at 10:36 am #

    Myself, a daughter and 2 Granddaugters will all be getting the same tattoo; will be encouraging others in our family to do the same.

  3. Heahter June 27, 2016 at 1:29 pm #

    I got one in honor of my uncle. It’s quite the topic of discussion. 😉

  4. Chris June 30, 2016 at 5:18 pm #

    Do I want just the black wrist piece in a normal font. Or do I enlarge it and set my semicolon in colors on my heart or my shoulder? I want it seen and the meaning known.

  5. Andrea Joy Phoenix August 13, 2016 at 2:30 pm #

    I have struggled with BPD, major depression, episodes of self-mutilation and suicidal ideations for years; along the way, there have been at least a handful of failed attempts at suicide. Ten days ago, I had a larger-than-usual and slightly-altered semicolon tattooed in black on the inside of my left wrist. The upper “part” — for lack of a better word — is in the shape of a heart & about 3/4″ high/wide, and the lower part is slightly smaller. The raised, white-ish scar from my last suicide attempt crosses my wrist diagonally between them. ? Traditionally, the upper portion is round but I chose to make it a heart for three reasons: #1 — To keep urging myself to let go of my self-hatred & remind myself to love myself; #2 — To remind myself that I am not alone… there is help… there is hope; and #3 — To remember those I have loved & lost to suicide and remind myself of the unbearable pain and heartbreak I suffered when each of them took their lives… …as well as reminding myself that I promised my loved ones I never would subject them to that same heartache by ending my story too soon. It’s going to be very difficult keeping my promise, but I will because I still have many more chapters to write in the book that is the story of my life.

  6. Leslie drury September 1, 2016 at 11:29 am #

    Getting mine done tomorrow. With Stay Strong; on my inner lower arm. I expect a lot of questions. All I can say is my story will continue. I feel so badly inside but I’m not succumbing to suicide. I once believed that was the answer for me. But I don’t want my family to be hurt or shamed by my selfish act. It’s been a rough couple of months but one day at a time, sometimes it’s minutes…I am trying to get through til it gets better. Everyone spread the word. Let people know it’s ok to have a mental illness. I’m bipolar. I’ve been called crazy and psycho instead of someone just giving me a hug.

  7. Steve September 4, 2016 at 6:17 am #

    I just got a 1″ tall, Bi(sexual) Pride colored (magenta, purple, blue) semicolon at the bottom of my left bicep. After resisting the diagnoses of depression and bi polar disorder for years, I just recently started meds and am publicly and vocally owning my dis-ease. The tattoo is an open effort at starting a conversation. I am coming from much the same place as Chris, I want to be understood and will be as vocal and visible as I feel that I need to be in order to achieve this. The struggle with my sexuality in many ways mirrors the struggle for acceptance that those who suffer from mental health issues confront – shame and the ignorance of others. The fight is real. On both fronts. I will be as open, in-your-face, honest and real as I need to be. My life depends on it.

  8. csr September 5, 2016 at 3:19 am #

    I have C-PTSD and have been struggling so much lately. I need something to lift me up. I have been looking into the semicolon project for a while now. Do you know of any place in Los Angeles that I can get the tattoo? I have very limited funds. It would be my first tattoo….looking forward

  9. Kimberlee September 26, 2016 at 9:44 pm #

    I plan on getting one as soon as I decide where, I have had issues with

    drugs, hurting myself and attempted suicides when I was younger

    (teens and twenties). Now I battle with depression but I am working on

    it by not being afraid to ask for help. I will not let it defy me! I have a faith

    and honesty tattoo that I got for strength, the semicolon will be my next.

  10. Indianapolis, IN October 25, 2016 at 11:36 am #

    Andrea, your story is felt so deeply. We are in so much pain from the loss of our son at 48. A good friend shared her wrist semicolon tattoo at his funeral service just a few weeks ago. We pray this depression will be lifted from you permanently, God and His grace can do this for you. Seek and you will find, knock and He will answer….I am planning along with my family to share the semicolon project and help more awareness to mental health. You will be in our prayers everyday, stay strong and to your promise. You will have a beautiful life because you took the first step, you want it for yourself and those you love. Together we can make a difference! Hugs! Indianapolis, IN

  11. Jenn November 3, 2016 at 11:16 am #

    I think this awesome .. I have had a lot of issues with self harm, drug addiction and depression – I was suicidal for years and finally took the leap last Thanksgiving taking every pill in my stash and curling up in a sleeping back- I awoke in an ICU intubated several days later supposedly agitated that it didn’t work …. today I have been sober for 11 months, on just enough mess to keep me level and enjoy everyday – good and bad …. if I saw someone with this tattoo I would certainly feel connected to others who struggle
    I’m gonna get on me too !!

  12. Allison39 November 3, 2016 at 9:08 pm #

    Beauty and grace are won easily for some, for others the challenge is much greater.
    Carry the love forward, you inspire me to do the same;

  13. Donna Swopes November 3, 2016 at 9:09 pm #

    Once a vibrant career oriented single mom.always on the move. Two years ago i had a massive stroke i am now paralyzed on my left side in a wheel chair part time. Had to give up my car.Had to cut my hair off. My life is so incredibly different and its so hard to get used to and i dont want to get used to it. But its my life right now. I fall in and out of depression almost on a daily basis. But i fight and i will continue to fight. I dont believe god bought me this far to leave me like this. Im looking for a job right now and im going to turn my life around. Im still so full of life and im going to keep living. And i hope everyone out there fighting wins because the struggle is real.

  14. Donna Swopes November 3, 2016 at 9:11 pm #

    Thank you for the opportunity to share my battle.

  15. Debbie Bryant November 3, 2016 at 9:43 pm #

    After reading this article and the comments, I’m inspired to actuate a semi colon tattoo on my own wrist. I’ve attempted suicide myself too many times. I was diagnosed with depression after my first attempt (duh.) Medication and years of therapy followed. I’d read about the tattoos some time ago, but have hesitated having one inked on myself pretty much due to age. I mean, how many people get their first tat in their 60’s? My birthday’s coming up #65), so what better time than now to do something for myself?

  16. Susie P November 4, 2016 at 12:00 pm #

    I live w/ major depression, anxiety, Bipolar 2, and PTSD. I was diagnosed after I had 3 nervous breakdowns back to back in ’08. Prior to that I had been self medicating w/ alcohol for decades. Well, after the breakdowns I was a mess and attempted several serious suicides, was hospitalized 4 times, eventually went catatonic and underwent ECT (shock treatment). After that We found a psychiatrist and it took 37 medications before finding the right “cocktail”. I’ve been doing well now for the past 4 yr.s, with a few quirks still, but I’m working on them. I’m even working on a book about my life. I’m going to get my semicolon soon, I just haven’t decided where to put it. It means a lot to me. My Dr. even told me that I am the author of my own life, then I read about the Semi Colon Project saying the same thing and now I am writing about my life!!! The ultimate 3! I would also like to say that my brother took his own life at 19 and no one saw it coming, even it retrospect I can say there were no signs. But it changed me forever. I did go to drug rehab because of his death. So I guess there was kind of a silver lining. I still think of him a lot and it’s been over 30 yr.s. I will never put my family through that now. I am better now and I will continue to get better as time goes on. I have a lot of support and love. And soon I will have my sei colon to remind me.

  17. Becky November 4, 2016 at 12:23 pm #

    My daughter & granddaughter both have the tattoo ; on their wrist to remind them of their battle with depression

  18. Laurie November 4, 2016 at 1:03 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your story. I too have suffered from severe depression and anxiety most of my life.I am now 58 and I am so tired of pretending, putting on the brave face, the fake smile, just to make other people happy. I feel no joy or happiness and have lost interest in everything. I do not go out of the house unless it is absolutely necessary. It’s exhausting to wash my hair, put on makeup and get dressed. It all seems overwhelming! If it were not for my beloved dog I would not be here now. I do not want to leave her alone and fear where she could end up.
    I have tried numerous medications and therapy over the years but nothing has helped.I have entertained the thought of suicide countless times. It sounds like “sweet relief.” However, stories like yours, others and my dog keep me fighting when all I really want is to end the struggle and go away. I could finally rest!
    I am going to get the semicolon tattoo as a daily reminder to keep going even though I see and feel no reason to do so. I am numb and feel only sadness and pain.
    My hope is that seeing my tattoo daily will remind me that I am not alone.
    Thank you for listening.

  19. Wayne George November 4, 2016 at 2:33 pm #

    Thank you! Recently dual diagnosed PTSD/SUD accompanied by mild bi polar and depression. American veteran who had no idea why he was broken fir 27 years
    Stars and stripes semi colon or camouflaged?

  20. Rick November 4, 2016 at 2:50 pm #

    This is such an inspiring story, I suffer from depression and although I don’t believe I could ever commit suicide, I do think about and have those feelings. I will be getting one on my wrist for people to see and ask about. This story has changed a lot of feelings and the way I think about things. Thank you for your story and everyone who has made a comment here.

  21. Kimberlee November 4, 2016 at 8:07 pm #

    I learned of it browsing the internet for a new tattoo, I thought “I want that”. A couple weeks later I had it put on the top of my hand just above the wrist bone and I love it. I have battled with depression, drugs, alcohol, hurting myself, and attempted suicide. I still have some bad days but I survive. I am happy to explain what my semi colon tattoo means, not just for me but for all who have and still suffer.

  22. Rodney Frazer November 4, 2016 at 8:18 pm #

    such an encouraging and inspirational statement generated from such a small punctuation

  23. B.R.L November 5, 2016 at 5:19 pm #

    I have PNES and I don’t have a tattoo of the semi colon yet. But I hope to one day. I hope to get the period in a teal color and the comma in a purple color. Because those are the colors to stand for PNES. “Mental illness” & epilepsy. Throughout my life I’ve been depressed due to emotional abuse. PNES is caused by stress, anxiety, and depression. It is a seizure disorder that non many people know about. But it’s real- just like the side affects that come along with it. But I hope all of you and many others can stay positive in life. We are here for a reason whether you believe it or not.

  24. Kathleen November 6, 2016 at 8:52 am #

    Andrea Joy Phoenix … thank you for sharing and for your beautiful explanation of the heart. I had tears in my eyes reading your comments.

  25. Chris November 8, 2016 at 4:00 pm #

    Depression runs in my family. I have lost friends to suicide and have tried in a way myself. I had my semicolon tattoo put on the back of my hand at the base of my thumb. It just so happened that it is over one of the self inflicted cigarette burns that I inflicted to myself years ago. I am over the suicide part and keep struggling to maintain that. To all of you out there. I came up with this saying years ago. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Stay strong and seek out a friend…..we are all out there and will help you through your pain.

  26. Rebeka December 9, 2016 at 12:06 pm #

    Just got mine last night…….sooooo happy!!!!!!!

  27. Deborah Pancaro December 18, 2016 at 8:07 am #

    I got my semicolon tattoo this month and I love it. Everytime I look at it…I am reminded of the struggles ive been through and the life ahead of me. Thank you for starting this wonderful movement.

  28. Scott December 20, 2016 at 2:34 pm #

    I get mine tomorrow. A constant reminder that I can do this.

  29. Staying Strong December 23, 2016 at 8:45 pm #

    I tried drowning last week. I am getting help from these 2 siblings, they’re the only ones to know about my self-diagnosed depression. I got in a fight with one of them once, and if that never happened then I never would’ve gotten the courage to speak up to them! Recently they told me I need to tell my parents, and I made the promise to. Haven’t done it yet, but I’ll try.
    Occasionally, I draw a semi-colon on my wrist to show I can stay strong (too young for a tattoo).

  30. Savannah Patrick January 9, 2017 at 6:13 am #

    I got mine on the 7th of January for my mother… she and I have similar ones and mine will be added to in the future as a reminder that my mother is and always will be my everything. I am so proud to say it is my first tattoo. And I do not and will not regret it.

  31. Joe Keeponkeepinon February 4, 2017 at 8:46 pm #

    I have this on my left wrist. Keep in there everyone

  32. Ankur kumar February 7, 2017 at 12:22 pm #

    Got my semicolon tattoo on my wrist…designed it myself…..:)
    This is symbol and reminder that I overcome something which at one point of of I thought will end me. I stayed…fought…and won.

  33. Michael L. Hoenig February 23, 2017 at 3:19 pm #

    My wife and I are getting our semicolon tattoos together; she’s the survivor and I’m her sole caregiver.

    Both tattoos incorporate a semicolon with a dragon. Her dragon is reading a book with a semicolon on the cover, whereas mine is reclining against a cliff wall, having just enjoyed a good meal of brave knight whose shield bears a semicolon.

    Wish I could post pictures…

  34. Pete v Zyl March 1, 2017 at 2:18 pm #

    not sure my story more touching than most other people, but i’ve learned today i have lost someone dear to me whom has been living a ; life since birth.. ;
    also lost my mom to cancer, but she has been trying so hard to give us a normal life, whilst she was struggling with her desmond, my brothers ; ended with a .
    myself; faith, love from family kept me going ..

  35. Sandi March 5, 2017 at 8:10 pm #

    I am a 62 year old woman who has never once considered getting a tattoo. Many many years ago, I suffered a bout of depression and attempted suicide. Luckily that was a one time issue. About 3 years ago, my only son ( a United States Marine), was diagnosed with PTSD and. TBI due to combat. He has attempted suicide multiple times. His last attempt, (last week), was very nearly successful. I am going to get the semi colon tattoo to honor him and raise awareness. It is not shameful, he is a hero. I will wear it proudly and hope it might give hope to him and others like him!

  36. Sam March 17, 2017 at 1:03 pm #

    I’ve suffered clinical depression and suicidal thoughts since adolescence. I recently quit drinking after 20 years as an alcoholic, I’m seeing a therapist, and I take three different ADs to stay on top of the depression. Even with all of that, I still have bad days where I physically can’t get out of bed. I got a tattoo on my wrist that says “Live;” to remind myself to keep going, both for my family and myself.

  37. Melissa Roberts April 6, 2017 at 11:59 am #

    I’m only 17 but I feel I have a lifetime of experience. Last year, I lost my dad after an 8 month battle with stage 4 cancer. He was the dad that wanted to be everyone’s best friend and I love and miss him everyday. Since his passing, I have been diagnosed with depression, PTSD, and insomnia. That was a few months after he died and I went to grief therapy. I had to stop going because all I did was talk and relive those heartbreaking events from those eight months. Watching someone you love give up the fight to live because of an illness that is taking over their body is a nightmare to watch let alone live.

    I’m currently finishing up my senior year of high school. Many people have asked me if I’ll miss high school. I won’t. I’ll miss maybe 5 people and my choir class and thats it. I don’t want to look back on these past four years and have this roller coaster as my memories.

    I decided once I turn 18, I’m going to get a semicolon tattoo. I have thought about self harm but I knew once I did that I would never get back on track. I would have panic attacks daily and have my PTSD trigger which has my depression following right behind it. I would plaster on this fake smile and pretend to be ok. I know now that its alright to show emotion. So I want the tattoo as a reminder that it is ok to let people in and ask for help. I might get the words “my story is just beginning” as well but thats still debateable. But, in the end I’m glad I am getting this because it provides self reassurance as well as bringing up questions and i can tell my story.

  38. Warrior April 15, 2017 at 5:20 am #

    Depressed my entire life and always wearing the mask. I’ve recently started to face my issues after spending years working in the field and hiding in plain sight. I have several tattoos and I wanted one that really means something to me. I will be getting ; fight
    The struggle is real and I will not submit!
    ; fight

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  40. RAD May 26, 2017 at 12:25 am #

    Just got mine with Mickey Mouse ears …..

  41. Stephane Buskirk June 24, 2017 at 5:59 am #

    My first tatoo. Feels expensive but will be worth it.

    ‘Don’t judge me for who I was ; but who I am now” with semi colon.

    My family not doing this. Have been kicked out expect for brothers family. My sister died couple weeks ago. I was called to come. First time anyone spoke to me over 4 years. Terrifying for me to enter hostel situation. Had not seen my father since second week he was ill and not sure live or die. I had done nothing wrong. My parents don’ t believe mental health a disease. Was successful at my career. Had go on disability when diagnosed bipolar. Cycle through depressive cycles. Praying I can finally find forgiveness in my heart toward my family. I have spent hours talking with my doctor, friends where we live, read books, scriptures. Feeling my heart beginning to soften since sister’s death. Memorial service this Sunday. Please pray I allow God to help me continue find forgiveness. Our immediate family totals around 50. Sister first one God has called home to heaven. We all need prayers. Thank you any support you can give us. This is how found semi colon and pine cones and how important they are. Found right before this unexpected death. My prayers go out to all of you expressing yourself by using these 2 symbols of support.

  42. Cheshire (Australia) July 17, 2017 at 5:36 am #

    I turned 18 three days ago, and since hearing about what these tattoos meant years ago, I always thought I should have one.
    I’ve been dealing with depression and anxiety disorder for three years. It gets to the point of physically causing me pain now, and not in terms of self-mutilation. I can’t breathe, I find it hard to walk, I get massive headaches, and I’m always tired. I also get sick easily too, which sucks.
    I’m getting one at the end of the year- when I finish high-school. If I can make it to my 18th birthday, even after years of self-harm and suicidal thoughts, then I can make it to November 19th- when I have my last exam. I’m getting one because it’s incentive, not to end it all. To stop hurting myself, to stop worrying that my girlfriend, and my family are all going to worry about me being emotionally stable enough to talk to them. I’m getting one for my aunt, and my cousin, and my best friends and my girlfriend- who, like me, have all dealt with severe mental illness and issues regarding self-mutilation for years.
    I’m getting this tattoo to convince myself that I can stay strong.

  43. Kim July 17, 2017 at 5:36 pm #

    Jesus loves you!

    Praising Jesus for the strength you had to make it a ; and not a .

    Posting this in honor of Julie!

  44. Peggy August 5, 2017 at 8:42 am #

    Is there a place where people post pics of their tattoos?
    Like others , I am in my 60’s and never considered a tattoo for myself until now.
    I am contemplating making the comma into a yin/ yang or Pisces fish symbol as that is my sign.
    It reminds me that after the dark comes the light.
    By now, for me, that is the pattern of my life.
    By now, for me, at the darkest moments what gives me hope to move through it,is the thought that I have done so many times before, and can make it again.
    And my children.
    And my dog !

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  46. John A. September 12, 2017 at 11:22 pm #

    2005 I survived myself and my PTSD. I would have missed so much. Not easy but mine and better than a period. Every day is still a struggle but I never know what wonder might be around the corner. Will be getting my tattoo soon.

  47. Ayla Jasper October 4, 2017 at 1:04 pm #

    There is another side to this “project” Our daughter has decided to get this tattoo on her arm against the wishes and sensibilities of both myself and her Father. This is not to diminish the struggles people face with mental illness and depression. I have been there, I have been so sad, hurt and lonely that I could not get out of bed. I have experienced postpartum depression and abuse, I have been way to close to ending my life, I got professional help and fought my way back. this is not to deny or diminish my daughters story, I am proud that she too has fought her way back. I believe her and will continue to support her

  48. Nisha October 5, 2017 at 6:47 am #

    I have suffered with depression for awhile now but not sure how to ask for help without being labeled as being crazy or psycho.

  49. Alyssa November 16, 2017 at 11:37 pm #

    You are all such strong people. We all suffer in one way or another. I for one am just trying to finish up High School and move on with my life. I have self harmed and gotten drunk. I have also smoked. I’m only 16 and my Junior year has been the roughest yet. I haven’t gotten any help for it. I’m trying to fight everything with the help and support of my friends. I have the semicolon on with a temporary one month tattoo my sister did tonight. I love you all and let’s continue to help and support each other.

  50. Alice December 17, 2017 at 6:26 pm #

    I have been diagnosed BPD just about 1 month ago but I have been struggling with my mental health literally my whole life. My mum was schizophrenic and didn’t realise she was pregnant of me. I had a difficult birth and I was born with a few physical problems but in the hospital they took care of me till, when I was 40 days, my adoptive parents brought me home with them. My childhood and my teenage years have been very challenging. I have a past of abuse. Both my adoptive parents died of illness but I was able to keep fighting every day for a serene and satisfying life. I looked after my younger brother and moved to another country when he was 18. Funny enough, moving abroad has been one of the most painful and challenging events in my life. Maybe the loneliness we live in, just brought up old stuff and I had/have so much time to get lost in toughs, anxiety and moments of hopelessness.

    Since my diagnosis, everything started making sense and now I feel hopeful as I know there is treatment and I will go through DBT. I am learning some coping strategies. I am scared, scared of not being able to control my emotions and to give sense to my existence because of my continuous changes in mood, believes, lifestyle.

    I learned about the meaning of the semicolon tattoo and decided to draw it myself with semi permanent colour as I want to see how it feels before going for a permanent tattoo. The reminder is strong and visible and I want to be sure it will have just a positive effect on me. it is like shouting to the world that yes, I do struggle but I am a warrior, I survived many times and faced loads of difficulties and I can keep it up. I have enough strength to survive the moments I spiral down and out of control.

    I will do my best to keep going and never forget that the sentence I am writing is still full of meaning and needs to be continued.

    Much love to you all and let’s keep spreading the word, let’s combat the stigma. Full recovery is often possible with the right support.

  51. Lila January 4, 2018 at 11:24 am #

    I am getting mine on my wrist in my favorite color green on Friday, first tattoo. I am Bipolar with mixed, Deep Depression, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fiber myalgia, shingles, Epstein Barr, Anxiety with chest pains. But I get up every day blessed that It could be worse.

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