Each of us will experience trials and difficulties in our lives as we learn and grow, that is a given. But for many people, depression and suicidal thoughts are a daily struggle.

A growing trend is bringing awareness to mental health challenges and those who struggle. It's called the Semicolon Project, and was created in 2013 by Amy Bleuel in memory of her father who ultimately took his own life.

So what is the significance?

A semicolon is used by an author to show that the sentence could end, but they are choosing instead to pause... and then continue with their story.

Or more simply, "The semicolon is used when a sentence could end, but didn't."

 

The semicolon project became much more than a website. It became a movement.

People all over the world are getting the tattoos in memory of loved ones, in support of them or - as a reminder to themselves to chose to pause... rather than end.

 

 

Personally, I think this is one of the most beautiful and poignant movements I've seen in a long time.

And I feel it's important to say, that if you are reading this and you or someone you love is struggling, know that you are not alone. You can choose to pause. Because your story isn't over yet.