Many people shared photos of self drawn semicolons on their skin, shared their stories of mental illness, and dedicated the project to their own personal journeys or that of their friends and family members who have been effected by mental illness.
A development meant that people began to permanently mark their support of the project by getting a semicolon permanently tattooed onto their skin, as a reminder to stay strong and pause, instead of end their own stories.
My partner and I will be sharing our own support as we are both getting the tattoo to show our feelings about the world of mental illnesses and our strength from our own struggles, as well as the struggles of those around us.
When we asked Liam, a fellow Newport resident, what his opinion and view on 'Project semi-colon' is, he shared these insightful words,
"I think that the semicolon project really helps to raise awareness of mental illness by something as simple as a dot and a colon, it's simplistic yet has a lot of meaning and I think that's what makes it such a powerful statement, to show people with these illnesses that they have the support of millions of other[s] who have shared their similar experiences or have had a friend or family member go through it."
It is estimated that up to a million people around the world have this tattoo to-date and that is one statistic I am proud to add myself too, as are many other supporters of the project. The Semi-colon project is a faith-based, not-for-profit project that radiates positive energy right from its core and I believe this could help many lost souls combat their inner demons, or raise awareness for those that lost the battle.
Remember to reach out a hand to those who you feel may need a shoulder to lean on, and never be afraid to ask for help.
Your sentence isn't finished yet; so stay strong.
If you or someone you know needs a voice to listen, call the samaritans on 0845 790 9080 or visit their page by clicking here.