You may have seen them. In recent months they have appeared more often on social media. People from around the world have shared their testimonies. A black semicolon tattooed or drawn on the body.
It is the ideal organization "Project Semicolon" that is behind the campaign. They write: "A semicolon is used when the author could have chosen to end the sentence, yet did not. You are the author, and the sentence is your life."
Now the character is being used by thousands of people who struggle with depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Some have tattooed the character, others have used a black marker. Only on Instagram, there are nearly 100,000 posts under the tag "semicolonproject."
Over 300,000 people have shared their photos under #semicolonproject416 - April 16 is the date the project was started.
The organization's goal is to help those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts.
The semicolon is now associated with a willingness to overcome depression, addiction and self inflicted harm. A semicolon is not the end of a sentence, but a new start.
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