About Us

Save Lives & Inspire Hope

A Unique kind of Inspiration

It's not just a semicolon, It's who we are.

"Project Semicolon is dedicated to increasing awareness, saving lives and reducing the stigma of suicide. Our goal is to present hope to those experiencing the symptoms of mental illness and those touched by the tragedy suicide."

How We Do This

The semicolon has become the universal logo for mental health & Suicide prevention around the globe.

The very foundation of Project Semicolon is about sharing and learning to find inspiration when it all feels impossible. We've worked with some of the most brilliant minds in mental health to create groundbreaking resources that promote strength through self care. Our community is one of the most active mental health communities online with millions of people around the world now looking to the semicolon for hope.

How it all began

The semicolon represents a sentence...

In April 2013, Amy Bleuel took to social media with an idea. Anyone who had ever struggled with a mental illness would draw a semicolon on their wrist and post a photo. A semicolon symbolized that a sentence wasn’t over yet, and neither was their life.

The tagline was: Your story isn’t over. Since then, millions have shared photos of semicolons on their bodies, both drawn and permanently tattooed, as part of a burgeoning effort to erase the societal shame long associated with mental health.

“People want to know they’re not suffering in silence, you feel alone like no one cares, to know someone is there, that is what these people go forth with, they take this energy to better themselves,” Bleuel said. “I think it’s just opening the minds of society. I would hope through my stories and platforms that they would see these are everyday people, just like you, and they’re attempting to make their lives better, but here is what they struggle with.”

“I wanted to start a conversation that can’t be stopped,” she said, “and I believe I’ve done that.”