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Campaigner Who Created ‘Project Semicolon’ Has Sadly Died After Battle With Mental Health

Founded in 2013, Project Semicolon is a non-profit organisation established to raise awareness about mental health and support those struggling with mental health issues.

The organisation grew from a movement sparked by the above call to action, which was put out by Amy Bluel. Wisconsin-born Bluel started a social media movement, which grew into the Project Semicolon organisation, after losing her father to suicide. Explaining the meaning behind the name, Amy said:

“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.”

Amy herself had a few semicolon tattoos in recognition of loved ones’ struggles with mental health, as well as her own.

With a history of depression and suicide attempts, Amy was committed to sharing her story in order to give others strength.

“Despite the wounds of a dark past I was able to rise from the ashes, proving that the best is yet to come. When my life was filled with the pain of rejection, bullying, suicide, self-injury, addiction, abuse and even rape, I kept on fighting.

“I didn’t have a lot of people in my corner, but the ones I did have kept me going. In my 20 years of personally struggling with mental health I experienced many stigmas associated with it. Through the pain came inspiration and a deeper love for others.

“God wants us to love one another despite the label we wear. I do pray my story inspires others. Please remember there is hope for a better tomorrow.”

Sadly, Amy lost her personal battle with depression on 24 March 2016. Until the time of her death, she lived with her husband David in Green Bay Wisconsin. She was 31.

Amy’s final tweets were poignant reflections on time and depression, which now carry deeper meaning following her passing.

Though the cause of her death has not been reported, the American Society for Suicide Prevention has released a statement attributing her demise to suicide and praising her for her life’s work shedding light on the harrowing nature of mental health struggles.

“With her prolific semi-colon campaign, she brought real awareness to an issue that is often misunderstood and can be complex in nature. Amy’s life was a testament that one person truly can make a difference. She had a powerful voice that gave others the confidence to speak openly about mental health.”

The society also stressed the importance of remembering that suicide is preventable, and can be overcome with the right information and support.

“It is important to note that there is no single cause of suicide. Suicide most often occurs when several stressors and health issues converge to create an experience of hopelessness and despair. However, most people who actively manage their mental health conditions lead fulfilling lives.

“We must do more to prevent such tragic deaths through greater awareness of mental health issues, common warning signs, effective interventions and treatments.”

Tributes have also poured in on social media, with many thanking Amy for starting a conversation about topics that truly resonated with them, as well as some posting pictures of their semicolon tattoos.

Amy’s loss is one felt by many across the world. May she rest in peace.

H/T: People

 

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