Project Semicolon 2022
Tuesday 5th April 2022
Project Semicolon was founded by a woman named Amy Bluel in 2013 and is a nonprofit organisation that is dedicated to mental health awareness and suicide prevention. It all started as a social media movement when Amy encouraged people to draw or tattoo a semicolon on themselves as a message of hope – a sign that their story isn’t finished – and to fight the stigma of mental health.
in 2014 Project Semicolon held an event at several tattoo shops where people could get a semicolon tattoo for a flat rate. Over 400 people received a semicolon tattoo in one day and all of the money raised was donated to a local crisis centre. After the success of the tattoos, Project Semicolon has continued with their tattoo day on the 5th of April every year and has their movement go from strength to strength with tattoo shops all around the globe now taking part.
"A semicolon is used when an author could've chosen to end their sentence but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life."
Today the Wakki Ink Co Tattoo Shop in Ludgershall, Wiltshire opened their doors and took part in Project Semicolon with three tattoo artists working their way through dozens of clients throughout the day. The Wakki Ink Co Tattoo Shop completed a total of 67 semicolon tattoos and raised a whopping £1140.
Owner Jo Bryant, who is a huge advocate of raising awareness of mental health, donated £300 of the money raised from today to Kick Start FC. The rest of the money was raised to the MIND branch in Andover, Hampshire and to Suicide Prevention UK.
The Semicolon Project continues to grow as more people become open to having conversations about mental health and sharing their stories. These tattoos are a great way to raise awareness and open up conversations.