What Does A Semicolon Tattoo Mean? — Learn Why Everyone Is Getting Semicolon Tattoos To Support People With Mental Illness


You may have seen people popping up in your social media feeds with semicolon tattoos recently. Maybe you think they just love punctuation, or winky faces, or maybe they’re just really into grammar.

Whatever has crossed your mind, you’re probably at least a little bit curious what the deal is, even if you haven’t asked someone about it or Googled it just yet.

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Trigger warning: mentions of self harm and suicide This year, I want to get better. And I know I saw that every year. I want to be clean and sober and just fucking live already. I am dependent, lost, afraid. I turn to blades and unhealthy coping skills like a friend. I’ve gone mad, I’ve done stupid things, and I’m not ashamed anymore. I wear my story on my sleeves. My O2 levels don’t go up anymore and I can’t walk to far, and yes, that’s my fault. But I blame it on the pain, not the overdose. It’s okay to be struggling, it’s okay to go through some tough shit, and it’s so okay to ask for help. This year I will rise above this, whether it takes another hospital trip, less meds, more meds, ketamine, anything. I will get better, because I fucking deserve it. And so do you! – – #suicideawarness #semicolontattoo #mentalhealthawareness #hope #semicolonproject #mentalhealth

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That’s where we come in, and the truth is actually way cooler than any of the guesses above.

Project Semicolon is a non-profit dedicated to supporting people who struggle with depression, anxiety, self-harm, and other forms of mental illness. The project uses semicolon tattoos to spread awareness and support for their passion.

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rain or shine, every day is mental health day; #endthestigma #semicolonproject

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Their message is simple: A semicolon is used when an author could’ve ended a sentence but chose not to. You are the author and the sentence is your life. 

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a touch-up for my dear father ?; #semicolontattoo #semicolonproject #fist #tattoo #tattoos #tattooartist #ink #art #tattooing #tattooist #blackwork #tattooer #tattooink #blacktattoo #artist #tattoosofinstagram

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The project began as a single-day event on April 16, 2013, when founders Charlee Chandler and Matthew Wills encouraged people to post images online of semicolons drawn on their wrists in a show of support and solidarity for people suffering from mental illness.

Now, the simple sign of hope and continuation has grown into a permanent, organic movement.

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My story isn't over yet. #semicolonproject #suicideawareness #mentalhealth

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To find out more about Project Semicolon, check out their website. To find resources for dealing with depression, go here.