Your Story Isn’t Over

I was devastated this weekend to discover that Amy Bleuel, founder of Project Semicolon, had died by suicide at age 31 in March. She seemed like an amazing person, and to do so much good, to inspire and save so many… she’s an inspiration to me. To feel her loss, as I’m sure many of you do as well, it hurts. She changed so many lives for the better.

She and I were not so different, and to think that someone like me, with a level of success I haven’t achieved, could succumb to this terrible affliction (depression) left me feeling hopeless.

I will continue to save up what little funds I have to try to start a new line of jewelry: adjustable macrame bracelets with hand-stamped semicolon charms attached, as a means of depression awareness and suicide prevention. I’ve done the math and what I don’t yet have to stamp charms will cost ~$32 and the cord colors I don’t yet have will cost around $30 as well. I haven’t found too much as far as color scheme and depression awareness goes. Project Semicolon seemed to use a bright blue and white for their logo and website. The Suicide Prevention Hotline uses green and white. And I found one image that showed a purple and a teal color, crossed and shaped in a ribbon. I like purple for this, and the purple and teal combination is really pretty, and a lot less generic than blue/white or green/white.

Please let me know what you think about the color options, if you have an opinion.

Please also let me know if you think this is a good idea or a terrible one, or if you love it and are interested in ordering some bracelets. I am still trying to get the money I need to buy everything, but I might be able to convince a certain special someone if I already had orders waiting.

Finally, you’re not alone and your story isn’t over. If you need anyone to talk to, please feel free to comment here or email me at verajart (at) gmail (dot) com. Or you can talk to the counselors at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-8255.

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