Words cannot describe.
This began in the spring of 2013, when Project Semicolon Founder, Amy Bleuel wanted to honor her father whom she lost to suicide. Through the semicolon symbol many related to the struggle of depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide and their will to continue on. The title, “Project Semicolon,” also represented a goal – to believe that this is not the end but a new beginning.
As the days passed and the project was developed further, it became clear that this symbol was not just about one person. We heard from people longing to continue their story and live a life that would inspire others to continue on as well.
Over the years Project Semicolon has become much more than just one person honoring a parent. Through musician support and social media, the message of hope and love has reached a big audience in many different countries, more than we could have ever anticipated.
Project Semicolon is honored to be a part of those continuing stories, and to be an inspiration to those who are struggling.
We are not a 24-hour helpline, nor are we trained mental health professionals. Project Semicolon hopes to serve as an inspiration.
If this is an emergency, or if you are worried that you or someone you know may be at risk for suicide, please call your local authorities (911), contact a mental health professional, or call and talk to someone at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
My son Luke committed suicide May 14th 2015.
The fact is suicide makes people uncomfortable, it's much easier to get behind a cause that is not stigmatized. Suicide touches everyone's lives. 32% of deaths in young men are from suicide. 50% of those are with guns, second choice is hanging.
Is there an ice bucket challenge for suicide prevention? Is suicide prevention showing up in the marketplace on everything from t-shirts to hairspray? There are no romantic stories of a wife at her husband's side while he suffers with incredible mental pain before he ends his own life. There are organizations there are statistics but there is very little conversation. We need to get on a mountain top and scream about it! We need to improve the availability of quality mental health coverage , we need to support those who suffer instead of waiting for them to get their shit together. It is a disease not a choice. We treat heart disease, we treat cancer. We spend and raise millions of dollars researching to save people who are physically sick while the mentally ill quietly suffer. They fill our prisons and our streets and they die alone. We understand physical pain but the average person can not wrap their head around mental pain, listen and support before it is too late.
Do I sound angry? Hell yes I'm angry, not at Luke but at the stigma and the general sweeping under the rug of suicide and mental illness. I would give the world to have Luke back!
I challenge you to TALK ABOUT IT!
Fused Glass Semicolons are available in any color with or without ashes, pendants, pocket pieces and bracelets
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