This is not a holiday sourced from my usual weapon of choice (www.brownielocks.com). I was on Tumblr, scrolling through the tag on anorexia (for a project) and I came across multiple pictures of people who had drawn a semicolon in permanent marker of their wrists. I didn’t understand but the pictures led me to the #semicolonproject416 tag, which was extensive. There seems to be a infinite number of pictures of wrists, separated occasionally by this:
I think this sends a beautiful message. Sometimes I hate the internet. I hate the way it screams at peoples insecurities, shames their beliefs and crushes any ambition anyone has for anything. But it’s times like these where I love it. Because interwoven with the pictures are messages from one anonymous human to the next; words of encouragement, support, offers of open arms for those who need to talk, words that let others know that they are not alone.
In Australia, suicide is the leading cause of death for women under 34 and men under 44 at 180 attempts at suicide everyday. That is not okay. It’s a very serious problem, which is why it’s good to see that while the number of people suffering is terrible, the good in the number of people reaching out to others. If you’re in Australia and need help, the 24 hour lifeline number is 13 11 14. In the U.S. the national suicide prevention lifeline is 1800 273 8255.
If you notice someone is harming themselves, if you notice someone is depressed, if you notice something is simply not right – talk to them. help them. Don’t let anyone’s sentence end too soon.
~ Darcie Rae
Australian Lifeline: http://www.lifeline.org.au/About-Lifeline/Media-Centre/Suicide-Statistics-in-Australia/Suicide-Statistics
U.S. Lifeline: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
semicolonproject416 tumblr: http://semicolonproject.tumblr.com/
semicolonproject tag (if you want to see people banding together): http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/semicolonproject416