Semicolon Project tattoo trend spreads to raise mental health awareness. | Daily Mail Online

The tattoo designed to end mental health taboo: Thousands support social media trend to have a semicolon inking.

The tattoo designed to end mental health taboo: Thousands support social media trend to have a semicolon inking.

Thousands of people across the globe are getting semicolons tattooed on their bodies in a bid to raise awareness about mental health.

The simple punctuation mark – used to divide sentence clauses – has been adopted by the non-profit group ‘Semicolon Project’ to help raise awareness over depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicide.

The organization hopes that by persuading people to have semicolon tattoos – permanent or temporary – will help break down the stigma associated with mental illness.

Although the U.S.-based charity was founded in April 2013, it has recently attracted renewed attention.

Indeed, Emma Richards of Llandudno, Wales, got a semicolon tattooed on her little finger this week after reading about the initiative online.

The 30-year-old started suffering with depression after her young son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism.

Today, she remains on medication to alleviate the symptoms, which include palpitations and panic attacks.

She told Mirror.co.uk, that she read about the Semicolon project and completely related to the message.

With more than 30 tattoos already on her body, she wasn’t worried about getting one more tiny addition. Her husband also showed his support by getting a matching inking.

The Semicolon Project says its symbol represents a ‘continuation’ of life.

Its founders write on the website…

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