What does the semicolon mean that so many people have tattooed?
Thanks to Facebook every day web pages with images, messages and links that I like to browse . Some of these contents are fun photographs, videos of people doing amazing things or articles from people who want to convey their concerns. This week I read something about the meaning of the semi-colon in tattoos. I did not know anything about this "fashion" and I started to read.
I gave with Project SemiColon, a portal of a girl called Amy whose father committed suicide when she was young, and now spends his time to shed light on the feelings and thoughts related to this experience, an experience in which many people suffer the tragic consequences and carry them throughout their lives.
A project to express feelings
A semicolon it serves to separate two independent statements that maintain a very close semantic relationship. It is a pause longer than a simple comma, and shorter than a point.
What does this symbol have to do with suicide?
Amy Bleuel's father suffered so much that he decided to end it all by taking the pain with him. Amy, still feeling the pain and grief of her death decided to pay tribute to him with this project , focusing all their attention and strength in transmitting their message of recognition to those people, who once decided to end their lives and did not do so at last. To these people he sends them a hopeful voice to continue living, to overcome the struggle of the depression and to make it visible, since the taboo on suicide still exists today .
A new beginning
The more a fact is hidden, the more difficult it is to detect it and avoid it in time, the more its signals are blurred and for professionals and family members it is very difficult to help that person who feels only suffering, sadness and despair.
That's why Amy and her colleagues send the message to those survivors "To believe that this is not the end but a new beginning"What could we translate as the importance of believing that this is not the end but a new beginning .
Suicide, a hidden reality
In Spain, according to the data of INE (Statistics National Institute) every year about 3,500 people commit suicide . How is it possible that nobody talks about it, not in the media, or on the streets?
We are afraid to ask, explain, give light to this state of pain that for many is inconceivable. But that exists. Even today, even mental disorders are treated as something dark, secret and shameful. The problems associated with suicide are also hidden and hidden by the stigma despite the fact that these issues must always be explained with responsibility, respect and clarity, but not hidden.
A positive message towards the recognition and fight against depression and suicide
This girl and her team seek this very thing: from love and humility they want throw a little light on what was left behind by all those who left , and want to offer a space of expression, knowledge and support to all those who still struggle to get out of that depression.
In this web you will not find psychologists or doctors, it is a place of declaration of intentions, search transmit their philosophy through the creation of positive experiences, events and collaborations in relation to this painful fact with an optimistic and real vision.
They have a blog where they express their experiences with groups of volunteers in different neighborhoods, where they offer talks and visibility to the symptoms of depression, to the feeling of loss, to pain, to the thousand and one forms that anxiety takes (autolysis) ... They bring knowledge and hope. They are critical of what they see and generous in explaining what they feel, they bring their tools to anyone who may be feeling bad. They offer a great Emotional Support .