I recently read about the Semicolon Project on Healthy Place. It really spoke to me, and when I shared the information in my mental health blogs group on Facebook, many of my fellow advocates responded to the campaign; especially as writers living with mental illness.
I just love the imagery and personal statement of this awareness campaign.
“A semicolon represents a sentence the author could have ended; but chose not to. The author is YOU and the sentence is YOUR LIFE.”
We struggle, but we push forward. We are warriors. We haven’t given up. We have hope, and if we don’t, we go find it. We are fighters because we are here, right now, at this very moment, reading this.
Often times those struggling might use a physical symbol or sign to help push forward. There are people in this world who self-harm in many different ways, and a mark of remembrance can help us stop and change our behavior.
I have a big blue-haired fairy tattoo on my forearm for example. Its a permanent mark on me and my life, that I am a fighter and that writing and advocating about mental health is my passion. (I got it in 2011 after raising a bunch of money for the AFSP).
Clearly I am on board with using symbols to encourage ourselves and others to stay strong and fight.
The fabulous writers of the #MHBlogs Group agree and are joining together this week to participate in the Semicolon Project. If you are a blogger who cares about mental health, please join us. You do not have to exclusively blog about mental health to join this link up. Just take a pic of you and a semi-colon written (or tattooed) on your wrist, write your post and link up below. (And incidentally, feel free to submit a request to join our Facebook group if you’d like. We are stronger advocates together.)
Are you struggling ? Please call 800-273-TALK (8255) or visit these crisis resources.