Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-34, according to 2014 statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).* Millions of people every year suffer from mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders and borderline personality disorder, that can cause or worsen suicidal and self-injurious thoughts and behaviors.
Project Semicolon is a global non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and love for those who are struggling with mental illness, suicide, addiction and self-injury. This movement uses the power of sharing struggles and providing emotional support through peers who have had similar difficulties. Peer support is mutually offered and reciprocal, which allows peers to benefit from support whether they are giving or receiving it. Recovery groups such as alcoholics anonymous, narcotics anonymous, over-eaters anonymous and eating disorder support groups also function through peer support.
According to the founder, Amy Bleuel: “This movement has impacted people by creating a conversation point. Through a simple yet elegant symbol many have found the strength to carry on. Many now know that they are not alone in their fight anymore.”
We support and applaud the efforts of Project Semicolon. Increased awareness and support are necessary for individuals contemplating harming themselves and for their loved ones. If you are having thoughts of harming yourself, please seek help by calling 911 or contacting a mental health care professional. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.