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A silent fight for a silent battle

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Rewrite your story. This is Project Semicolon’s goal, to encourage people suffering from depression to continue their lives because there will always be another chapter to write, another reason to live. (Photo from http://www.medium.com)

Depression is one of the most downgraded issues in the world. In fact, a lot of people don’t even know what depression is. Many people often interpret it as plain sadness or teen angst. The thing is, depression is complicated. People who suffer from it have different ways of showing it; some feel dejected or sad while others may feel empty and lifeless.

Jared Padalecki, an American actor from the hit TV show Supernatural, shed some light about his own share of depression in an interview with US Magazine last March. (Read the whole interview here)

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Break the stigma. Padalecki urges everyone to view depression as a serious matter and not something to be embarrassed about. (Photo from Pinterest)

“It kind of hit me like a sack of bricks…I couldn’t figure out what it was; it doesn’t always make sense in my point. It’s not just people who can’t find a job, or can’t fit in in society that struggle with depression.” 

Recently, an online campaign for depression based in America caught the attention of netizens from all over the world. The said campaign is called the “Project Semicolon” which was founded by Ms. Amy Bleuel in the spring of 2013.

A semicolon represents a sentence that the author could have ended, but chose not to. The sentence is your life and the author is you.

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The game-changer founder. Amy Bleuel, the creator of the Project Semicolon hopes to change the lives of those who are close enough to giving up by encouraging them to continue fighting. (Photo from http://www.gospelherald.com)

It was a tribute for her father who died of suicide when she was just 18 and having gone through depression too, Amy Bleuel decided to create a non-profit movement to help people who are struggling with suicide, addiction, depression and self-injury. (Read Amy Bleuel’s story here.)

Much to her surprise, the ‘little’ project that she started to inspire people to keep going on is now a huge campaign with supporters from different religion and race. Bleuel wrote in one of her posts in the Project semicolon blog, a short yet inspiring message for all the people who are clinically depressed.

“You aren’t alone in this journey. Your story is important. You are important.”

If you want to support Project Semicolon, visit their website.

 

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