The humble semicolon; is not just a punctuation mark that separates major sentence elements. A semicolon can be used between two closely related independent clauses, provided they are not already joined by a coordinating conjunction.
Today that same semicolon has taken on a profound new meaning that carries a powerful message.
In today’s age when tattoos abound, you may notice the small yet mighty semicolon gracing the human anatomy.
Individuals who have lived though the challenge of mental illness are beginning to opt for this statement piece.
Where did this originate from?
The movement is for anyone affected by suicide, depression, and mental health challenges. The organization's mission is to, “stay strong, love endlessly and change lives".
This trend is catching on, hopeful as the semicolon is viewed, conversation ensues, and we no longer need to feel alone.
According to the CMHA, New Brunswick has the third highest rate of suicide in the country, closely followed by Nova Scotia.
Which is why Michael Coleman, who owns Ego Studios in Moncton, has decided to donate $10 from every semicolon tattoo to the Canadian Mental Health Association.
“For me it’s wonderful to do something where we can start creating some awareness and reducing the stigma associated with mental health conditions,” he said.
Coleman says the semicolon tattoos serve as a permanent show of support for those who may be suffering in silence.