In 2003 Amy Bleuel (founder of Project Semicolon) loses her father to suicide. At the time of his death, Amy was 18 years old and suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression and suicidal ideation.
On April 16th 2013, Amy Bleuel, decides to share her story along with a new tattoo she received in memory of her father. In that post, she explained the meaning of the semicolon tattoo.
“A semicolon is used when an author could‘ve chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life.”
On October 16th 2013, Project Semicolon launches it’s first website to combat the stigmas of mental health and stop suicides through a world wide effort.
January 1st 2015, Project Semicolon is recognized worldwide after being showcased in countless high profile magazines and blogs, ranging from People magazine, Washington Post, Upworthy, Huffington Post and many more.
January 1st 2016, The semicolon becomes the most recognizable symbol of suicide prevention in the world with over 120 countries recognizing the new found power of the age old symbol.
Feb 20th 2017, Project Semicolon launches a new website with an emphasis on life saving information. The new direction of Project Semicolon relied heavily on supporting those who found inspiration in the Project. Project Semicolon began offering information to help those dealing with any mental illness.
Mar 23rd 2017, Amy Bleuel dies by suicide.