***This article discusses suicide. For anyone in need of help, you can contact the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.***

“Depression takes root when the picture of the past is more powerful than the picture of the future.”
-Amy Bleuel

I wear a tattoo on my right arm that carries a message. It’s a simple design, a heart that doubles as a bass clef which, in part, becomes a semi-colon.

It symbolizes that I am driven by love and harmony, that I have a song to keep singing.
The inspiration for my tattoo comes from Amy Bleuel, the founder of the suicide awareness and prevention movement known as Project Semicolon. The semicolon was selected as the symbol of survival because it denotes when an author could’ve chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to.