Have you ever seen a person with a tattooed dot? You probably have not paid enough attention, but they are showing up everywhere.
Do you know what is its meaning? The semicolon is a tattoo that is gaining popularity in recent years, and unlike other fads and fads without meaning, this has a very serious meaning behind it. (And no, it's not just the mark of a fanatical grammar scholar.)
This tattoo represents the struggles of mental health and the importance of suicide prevention.
The project Semicolon was born from a movement in social networks
The people who are part of this project describe themselves as: A movement dedicated to presenting hope and love for those people who are struggling with depression, suicide, addiction and self-harm. The semicolon project exists to encourage, love and inspire.
Maybe you wonder, why a semicolon? Because an author usually uses a semicolon when they could have finished a sentence, but preferred not to. The author is you, and the phrase is your life.
This movement was originally created on a day like any other, in which a group of people were encouraged to take a picture with a semicolon in their bodies. It quickly became something bigger and permanent. Today, people all over the world are tattooing the brand as a reminder of their struggle, victory and survival.
Annually, millions of people around the world deal with a mental illness. A mental illness is not uncommon, however, there are still stigmas that prevent talking about it as a normal issue.
People, when they see a tattoo, usually ask what its meaning is; from there it was thought that the stigmas that have been created around mental illnesses could be defeated if they started talking about them more and more.
So the next time you see a person with a tattoo with this punctuation mark, remember the words of Parker Molloy, writer of Upworthy:
I recently decided to get a semicolon tattoo. Not because it is fashionable (although, certainly, it is fashionable), but because it is a reminder of the things that I have overcome in my life. I have been dealing with anxiety, depression, and gender dysphoria for most of my life and, at times, they took me on a stormy path that included self-harm and suicide attempts.
But here I am, years later, and finally the pieces of my life fit together, in a way that I never thought they could. The semicolon (and of course, the meaning behind it) is a reminder that I have faced very difficult times, but here I am still.
The ultimate goal of this campaign is the most important: Help and support so that more and more people are also able to say: I am still here.