As a writer, reader, and mental health advocate, discovering the meaningful metaphor behind the semicolon was a game-changer.
Beyond its use in a pre-emoji-era winking face, a semicolon is used to piece together two complete sentences that are related; this essentially signals to a reader that even though an idea might seem like it’s over, there’s still more on the way.
See how I did it there? ;)
It’s not difficult, then, to see the metaphor that brings hope to many who face depression, suicidal ideation, or any mental health challenge: Even if your story feels like it’s over, there is more to come if you keep reading.
In fact, this idea has inspired an entire organization: Project Semicolon. The organization’s mission is to prevent the loss of life by suicide, offering resources and reliable information for a myriad of mental health conditions.
Whether you’re someone who has found hope through this global community, experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide, or you’ve simply been touched by the profound meaning of a semicolon, you might find yourself considering a tattoo of this special symbol.
Whether you’re trying to raise awareness, provide a small piece of hope and resilience for yourself, or add to your collection of mental health tattoos, we’re sure there’s a piece of art that will help you tell — and own — your story with love.
Here are the best semicolon tattoo ideas for your next time in the chair:
Explore these ideas for variations of semicolon tattoos —
Semicolon Heart On a Finger
Semicolon Smiley Face
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