the semicolon project

Found this blog post through @TotalSororityMove on Twitter. I was so pleasantly surprised to discover what it said. Many of the humans I know who have struggled with mental illness are among those I hold closest to my heart. Instead of providing some of my own words today, I reblog this, as a way to fight the stigma of mental health and the stereotypes that surround it. Please give this a read!

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FullSizeRender-1FullSizeRender Today I went to a tattoo artist, and for $60 I let a man with a giant Jesus-tattoo on his head ink a semi-colon onto my wrist where it will stay until the day I die. By now, enough people have started asking questions that it made sense for me to start talking, and talking about things that aren’t particularly easy.

We’ll start here: a semi-colon is a place in a sentence where the author has the decision to stop with a period, but chooses not to. A semi-colon is a reminder to pause and then keep going. 

In April I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. By the beginning of May I was popping anti-depressents every morning with a breakfast I could barely stomach. In June, I had to leave a job I’d wanted since I first set foot on this campus as an incoming freshmen because of my mental…

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