Amy Bleuel, the founder of mental health non-profit Project Semicolon, died March 23 at the age of 31.
Bleuel’s death was shock to the mental health community not only because they lost a requisite advocate and also because she died by suicide.
Bleuel was known for launching the semicolon tattoo. The tattoo mirrors the grammatical concept:
Even when your sentence seems to be finished, it can keep going, which gained popularity as a representation of suppleness in the mental health community.
Project Semicolon was founded in 2013 by Bleuel to honour her father, he attempt suicide at the age of 18 and to provide hope and support to others who struggle with mental illness, suicide, addiction, and self-injury.
The facebook page of organization says “Project Semicolon exists to encourage, love and inspire.”
Bleuel struggled with mental illness and previously attempted suicide.
She openly confesses about this to encourage others to learn about mental illness and open up about the struggles and taint surrounding it.
Members of the mental health community, on Bleuel’s death says the importance of suicide prevention and support for survivors of suicide attempts.
Dan Reidenberg, Executive Director of Suicide Awareness Voices of Education says,
“It’s a reminder for the suicide prevention community that we still have work to do. We still need to be available and aware that even if someone seems to be doing very well, things are going on inside that could be troubling.”
The suicide prevention community is sad about loss of very important member.
On Twitter and Instagram share gratitude for Bleuel ’s powerful contributions to mental health awareness.