Saturday, July 11, 2015

Learned about ";"

I read something interesting today on Upworthy.

Have you seen these tattoos before?

As per the Upworthy article, this tattoo signifies having emotional or mental health struggles, and the importance of suicide prevention.

The meaning of having a semicolon in a sentence is:

"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." 

I like this a lot because its bringing awareness about something that we don't want to talk about because it makes us look like weak or whatever you want to call them.  

I beg to differ because it takes a lot to come out and say that you deal with things like stress, depression, anxiety, or to say you're bipolar etc.  There is a lot of negative stigma against having these "disorders" but the reality is more people have them than not.

Check out the stats on National Alliance on Mental Illness or NAMI:

1 out of 5 adults in America experience mental illness in a given year....

1 in 5 children from ages 13-18 have or will have a serious mental illness...

We take for granted how often we repress or our society encourage us to repress anything that may not seem so honky-dory.

How are we supposed to address this silence if it's considered to be taboo?  Are people going to have to suffer quietly until the point where they have to consider taking their own lives?

It's naive of me to say that more awareness and education will help this stigma but it honestly isn't enough.

I don't have an answer on how to fix this overnight and maybe these people that are taking a quiet stance with the semicolon may not either but they are doing something right.

They are bringing awareness and opening up conversation and honestly, that's a great place to start.