Amy Bleuel, known in the mental health community as the person behind the popular semicolon tattoo, passed away on Thursday, March 23 at the age of 31.
If you see a semicolon as more than just punctuation, you probably know Amy. Her movement, called Project Semicolon, is a global nonprofit dedicated to presenting hope and love for those who are struggling with mental illness, suicide, addiction and self-injury.
She was quoted in 2015 saying, “In literature, an author uses a semicolon to not end a sentence but to continue on. We see it as you are the author and your life is the sentence. You’re choosing to keep going.”
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Last summer I shared the picture above of my first tattoo, the semicolon (with my favorite scripture, Jeremiah 29:11) I struggled with anxiety my entire life, and in 2014 I finally got the help I needed. I got the tattoo to symbolize that my story not only was not over, but that it was really just beginning. I also did it in honor of some loved ones in my life who have struggled with suicide, addiction, and mental illness.
In honor of Amy and the hope and light she brought into the lives of so many, I posted the above illustration I created featuring the beautiful quote by Renee Swope. Please feel free to download it, frame it, hang it on a bulletin, gift it to a friend or loved one, and share it on social media. Right click to save the image.
If you need support right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.