DVIDS – News – Semicolon Symbolism: How a Small Mark Represents an Abundance of Courage

During Suicide Prevention Month, the semicolon is a common feature at events and in products related to suicide prevention and awareness. This little punctuation mark – in grammatical terms – represents a place where a sentence could end, but continues.
This meaning has been transferred to suicide awareness and prevention as a symbol to combat suicidal thoughts or behaviors. In the realm of this movement, a semicolon represents a time when a life could have ended, but the choice was made to continue.
In fact, many people in recent years have chosen to get semicolon tattoos as a visual representation of their own personal struggles or support for suicide prevention and awareness. Tattoos are often used to bring up a topic that has never been openly discussed.
Today, a number of organizations use semicolon symbolism in their advocacy work. Most notably, Project Semicolon, which was founded in 2013; and the AGI6; Foundation, a veterans organization that takes its name from a military term meaning “I have your 6” or “I support you”, used the semicolon to open discussions about suicide prevention and awareness .
The semicolon represents hope for those struggling with suicidal thoughts as a way to encourage them to keep going. It’s a simple visual reminder that we are the authors of our lives and have the ability to continue our stories, even in our darkest moments.
The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility offers a number of organizations and resources for employees struggling with suicidal thoughts or behaviors, or those who have been affected by suicide.
The Command Counseling Program has full-time mental health counselors available to provide confidential solution-focused therapy sessions. Appointments can be scheduled at 360-340-2745 or [email protected]
The Department of the Navy Civilian Employee Assistance Program offers a wide range of services, including our local DONCEAP counselor, a professionally staffed call center (844-366-2327), and 24 hour/ 24/7 on the DONCEAP website at magellanascend.com. The ALIVE Employee Resource Group is a mind and body wellness group united to create a comfortable environment to network, find resources, motivate and inspire employees. They can be contacted at [email protected]
The story originally appeared on page 11 of the September 2, 2021 issue of Salute. It can also be found at https://www.dvidshub.net/publication/issues/58778.

Date taken: 09.02.2021
Date posted: 17.12.2021 19:41
Story ID: 411501

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