The new Netflix series ‘13 Reasons Why‘, which was previously a book, is leaving audiences in shock after being a story that can truly depict what it is like to be a teenager for some. The story goes into detail about rape, mental illness, and suicide, all things that are almost taboo to talk about with teenagers, but it’s real life.
Over the weekend executive producer Selena Gomez along with actors Alisha Boe (Jessica) and Tommy Dorfman (Ryan), all got very delicate semicolons on their wrist.
What does this tattoo mean? The semicolon movement comes from Project Semicolon. They explain that it is a movement for mental health awareness and suicide prevention that encourages those suffering from depression and other difficulties to tattoo (or draw) semicolons on their wrists.
“A semicolon represents a sentence that the author could have ended, but chose not to. That author is you and the sentence is your life,” the project explains on their website.
Although Selena hasn’t been as open as Demi Lovato with her mental health struggles, she has opened up in the past about having panic attacks and seeking 90 day treatment before, so clearly this is something she holds close to her heart.
Check out all of the photos below!
Today was a magical day. Another day to be grateful to be alive. Alisha, Selena, and I went together to get ; tattoos. The ; symbol stands for an end of one thought and a beginning of another. Instead of a period, authors use the semicolon to continue a sentence. For us, it means a beginning of another chapter in life, in lieu of ending your life. I struggled with addiction and depression issues through high school and early college. I reached out and asked for help. At the time, I thought my life was over, I thought I'd never live past the age of 21. Today I'm grateful to be alive, in this new chapter of life in recovery, standing with my colleagues and friends, making art that helps other people. If you're struggling, if you feel suicidal, I urge you to click the link in my bio. Ask for help. Start a new chapter with the support of others. 🌧⛅️🌤☀️and RIP Amy Bleul, who started the semicolon movement.