600 Edmontonians Took Part In The Semicolon Project

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The Semicolon Project have moved hundreds in Edmonton on one beautiful Sunday.

Photo Courtesy of Shaunece Michelle Labatiuk
Photo Courtesy of Shaunece Michelle Labatiuk

On September 13, over 600 people gathered in Edmonton for one cause: The Semicolon Project, a “faith-based movement dedicated to presenting hope and love for those who are struggling with depression, suicide, addiction and self-injury.” These people may have had lost somebody to mental illness, have suffered from mental illness, know somebody who is struggling with it, or simply wanted to take part in the cause.

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    As part of The Semicolon Project, the Edmonton Mental Health Awareness Committee  organized an event to raise awareness for the very cause The Semicolon Project is campaigning. A dozen local tattoos shops also took part in this event to make it happen. It was held at the Prince of Wales Armouries Heritage Centre.

    All proceeds from the event will go straight to funds being raised for Momentum Walk-In Counselling, a non-profit, walk-in agency providing support and guidance to people in need of counselling services.

    “A lot of people in line today have either had thoughts of suicide, have had friends or family members commit suicide, or just simply want to support people struggling with mental illness. And I find it really inspiring,” said Kim Knull, executive director of Momentum Walk-In Counselling.

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    Here are some of the participants of The Semicolon Project event in Edmonton:



    The Semicolon Project is moving people as much as it's moving places.

    Photo of Erin Drought
    Photo of Erin Drought

    Erin Drought, a woman who took part in the event writes on her Facebook page, “My third tattoo as part of Project Semicolon. Why? To raise awareness about depression and suicide. It represents ‘a sentence the author could have ended, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life.’

    “I've been there, staring down the barrel of a metaphorical gun, wanting nothing more than for the pain to stop and to end my life. There is nothing worse than being in a dark tunnel, unsure of which direction you're facing and if it's even worth it to take one step forward. It's near-impossible to choose to step forward, but when that small light appears in the tunnel everything changes. Because that light gives you the hope you need to move forward.”



    When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife


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