The woman who created the semicolon tattoo project for suicide awareness has passed away.
Amy Bleul died by suicide at the age of 31 last week Thursday, the organization confirmed.
Her obituary says she was born in Wausau and graduated from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Bleul started Project Semicolon to help people battling depression and self-harm.
Since its beginning in 2013, Project Semicolon has gained worldwide attention and support, with the semicolon tattoo being its main source of spreading solidarity among mental health advocates.
On the inspiration behind the viral semicolon tattoo, she told The Mighty this in 2015:
"In literature, an author uses a semicolon to not end a sentence but to continue on. We see it as you are the author and your life is the sentence. You’re choosing to keep going."
Bleul was very candid about her personal journey and recovery on social media.
Fans of the project often share their photos of their semicolon tattoos.
Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. It is estimated that for every suicide, there are 25 suicide attempts.
Many resources are available if you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of self-harm or suicide. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, call The Trevor Project at 866-488-7386, or text "HOME" to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 for crisis text support.