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The Semicolon Project


The Semicolon Project

The Semicolon Project is a non-profit mental health organisation that encourages anyone who has been through depression, anxiety, or had suicidal thoughts, to draw a semicolon on their wrist or elsewhere on their bodies.

semi1Some people have taken it to the max and actually inked the semicolon on their body, but you could show your support by getting a temporary tattoo or drawing it on.

Why a semicolon? No, they’re not grammar pedants – there’s actually a much more touching reason behind it. The semicolon project website says: “A semicolon represents a sentence the author could have ended, but chose not to.

“That author is you and the sentence is your life.”

And anyone can take part: “The semicolon project is for everyone who self-harms, is suicidal, depressed, has anxiety, is unhappy, going through a broken heart, or just lost a loved one. Draw a semicolon on your wrist.”


If you live in South Africa and need someone to talk to, an amazing group to contact is the South African Anxiety and Depression Group. Their 24 hour helpline number is:0800 12 13 14 or sms 31393 (and they will call you back).

Remember you are never alone and there is always someone to talk to. If you need assistance contact TeenZone magazine on email:

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My name is Kriszti Bottyan (23) and I am the Editor of Teenzone Magazine. This means that all content goes through me before it reaches you. I graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2015 and I am currently completing my post-grad in Applied Languages. I am admittedly addicted to E! but I am also into the more serious content about society and about topics concerning YOUR future. Ultimately, you are my number one priority. We have migrated to a digital platform that is more suitable to you, our readers. We are continuously grateful for your support and in return promise to deliver. We will not disappoint!

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