More than a trend: there's an inspiring message behind semicolon tattoos

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As tattoos become more and more popular among millennials, people receive increasing backlash against "meaningless" symbols stamped permanently to their bodies. Certain symbols tend to lose their authenticity when they become "trendy."

This growing tattoo trend is the exception to the rule. If you've seen friends or social-media acquaintances sporting semicolon tattoos, you may have written the symbol off as a meaningless trend. But this trend holds value and volume.

The semicolon tattoo was originally launched by Project Semicolon, a grassroots movement aiming to raise awareness for and battle the negative stigma aligned with mental illness. It provides a social media community of people, bound by their permanent tattoos, who suffer from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other mental illnesses that might make people feel isolated and frustrated.

The statement on the grassroots movement's website page reads:

The project was launched in the spring of 2013 by cofounder Amy Bleuel after her father committed suicide. Bleuel set out to make people feel part of something important. She wants them to know that their stories matter.

Through social media platforms like Instagram, Project Semicolon enables people to share their stories while sporting the symbol that gives them hope and makes them feel included and supported.

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