The Semi-Colon Project: Mistreatment of the Self-Mistreated
If you haven’t seen any buzz about the Semicolon Project yet, then let me share the description of it from the Facebook page (since the tumblr page doesn’t even include any information in the about section):
April 16th, all who self harm, are suicidal, depressed, unhappy, have anxiety, has a broken heart, lost a loved one, draw a semicolon on your wrist. Semicolons represent a sentence the author chose not to end. You’re the author, the sentence is your life.
As someone who has personally and through friends dealt with mental health issues, a project like this immediately speaks to me. It’s a sensitive and personal topic, and a project like this could be used to empower and support those going through tough times.
However, here’s a quick excerpt from a tumblr post from someone else who, like me, felt as though something were off, particularly because of the grammar issues with this project:
The more we spoke the more suspicious I became of her motives for this blog/project. I came out, and asked her if she was using this blog for fame.
She said yes.
I’m only writing this to inform the people of tumblr of this fraud of rainisthenewsun’s project.
The author’s response:
This girl (justalska) is what I can call a attentionwhore. if I want to be tumblr famous with this blog, it’s just to help alot of people. If you have troll like them as I can call, ignore them, they are so not worth it. I love you all my lovely followers and hope you understant how the nature of this message is fake.
-semicolon project (a.k rainisthenewsun)
Mmk. My interpretation? This is someone who just wanted a lot of followers, but figured they’d do it in an “empowering way”. Unfortunately, when someone has an ulterior motive behind a project that could be so great for so many people, I feel cheated and disappointed.
Additionally, the person who created this project is disseminating incorrect grammar information, and as a grammar nerd, this also bothers me. A semicolon, according to Grammar Girl, is described here:
Semicolons separate things. Most commonly, they separate two main clauses that are closely related to each other but that could stand on their own as sentences if you wanted them to.
The true definition of a semicolon could have been applied in a better way. For example: The semicolon project wants to let everyone know that we are all able to stand on our own, but that we can choose to support each other. Whatever, I digress.
If you want to show your support for yourself or for your loved ones who are dealing with depression, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, or any other mental health issues, I highly encourage you to check out To Write Love On Her Arms, a non-profit movement that is
dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and invest directly into treatment and recovery.
Here’s my own wrist: