The Semicolon Tattoo Project

“The Semicolon Tattoo Project is an ongoing awareness campaign that seeks to engage communities in suicide prevention and mental health awareness.

We are a community with a personal and professional devotion to helping people. We also love tattoos and see them as a way for everyone to permanently and publicly show their struggles, remembrance, and support for those who often suffer in silence. Our mission is to illuminate issues like depression, self-harm, and suicide with sunshine and ink. In a society that often tries to hide mental health issues we want to push back and show that the more we talk about it, the more people get help. Our inspiration comes from a meme that circulated around the internet in that encouraged people to draw a semicolon on their wrists to support mental health awareness. Our best efforts to track down the origin of the meme have been tough, though we are aware that it is much older than its overnight internet fame in 2013.”

“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.” (

“We promote positive awareness and raise money for underfunded programs doing good work. We’ll only ever ask for donations or participation if the end result is that the money goes to help real projects and real people. We’re here to promote our agenda of an open world where everyone can get the help that they need when they need it.

We believe that the problems that face us transcend the lines of faith, creed, or ideology. We do not represent or specifically promote any beliefs other than our humanitarian mission to make the world a better place within the scope that we have chosen. However, we do believe in equality. We consider ourselves to be allies of the LGBTQ community as well as any progressive group that is disproportionately effected by the subjects that we strive to address. Our organization is a judgement-free zone.”

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