✟ RIP Amy Bleuel
Born 1985 - Death 2017
❝ Amy Bleuel (August 3, 1985 - March 23, 2017) was the founder of Project Semicolon, a non-profit organization focused on mental health. Project Semicolon inspired those surviving with mental illnesses to get semi-colons tattooed on their bodies. Amy Bleuel explained the meaning behind the tattoos by saying, "In literature, an author uses a semicolon to not end a sentence but to continue on. We see it as you are the author and your life is the sentence. You’re choosing to keep going."
Bleuel lived in Wisconsin. After her parents divorced, Bleuel chose to live with her father and his second wife at the age of 6. Since then, Bleuel endured being physically abused by her stepmother. At the age of 8, she was taken into state custody by a child protective service. Bleuel said that she started self-harming and attempting to kill herself after she had been sexually abused at the age of 10, and raped at 13. Bleuel's father died from suicide when she was 18, and she was subsequently released from the system. In her early years in college, Bleuel was raped twice, and suffered a miscarriage. Bleuel suffered from alcoholism at the age of 30 and had five major suicidal attempts. She died by suicide on March 23, 2017 at age 31. ❝
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