Today is dedicated to the Semi Colon Project (see excerpt below from their website):
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 April 16th, join The Semicolon Project and thousands of people in the effort to raise public awareness against Depression, Anxiety, Self-harm and Suicide.By writing a semicolon on your wrist, you are making a promise to yourself that it is ok to reach out and seek for help. Join the fight and stand up for YOU or anyone you know who has depression, anxiety, has self harmed or has contemplated suicide and help our peers, our friends and our family know that we speak up for them and that we stand up against Mental Health and the stigma that’s attached to it.
Being someone who deals with chronic pain in my head daily this project is very important to me. There have been too many in the migraine/cluster headache community who have not been able to stand the pain anymore and have taken their lives. I have not known any of these personally but I do know the mind demons that I slay at times in my darkest hours and it would be so much easier to just go to sleep and stay asleep away from all the pain. But I fight on, not looking for any medals or awards but looking for others who might not deal with any of the above instances to try to understand that someone you know, someone you look at who looks “normal” to you might just need your support, your love, your touch. They don’t need a lecture, they don’t need to be told they are crazy or they need help. They just need to know that they are fighting for a reason. That there is something worth it at the end of the tunnel when they are alone slaying their demons. Because they will be isolated and alone when all of these thoughts are going through their head. If they can see your love and feel you calling them, they slaying will go easier. So please take this information seriously, be kind and compassionate to those around you, you never really know what they are struggling with. Not every illness causes you to “look sick” and some of the toughest and deepest show no symptoms at all. ❤ to all