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Have you ever seen a semicolon tattoo or button?
Getting help
Where to get a free button and/or business card with helpline phone number
Why keep a semicolon business card in your wallet?
T-shirt transfers: Semicolon
Related topics: 
Suicide, Suicide & Fire Arms, Suicide Prevention, Teens, Veterans


Curry County Crisis Line - 24/7 - 877-519-9322
National Hopeline Line - 24/7 - 800-273-TALK (8255)

800.448.3000, or for TDD 800.448.1833

TED Talks - Crisis Next Line - Must See

In this special KCIW Podcast of The Community Organizer, Gordon Clay and Scott Clapson talk about Project Semicolon

Have you seen anyone with a semicolon tattoo or button or window decal?

If not, you may not be looking close enough. They're popping up everywhere. The semicolon is used when the person could've chosen to end their life, but chose not to. Today, people all over the world are tattooing the mark as a reminder of their struggle, victory, and survival.

Mental illness is not uncommon, yet there is a stigma around it that prevents a lot of people from talking about it — and that's a barrier to getting help. It's a symbol to reduce the stigma around mental illness for those who are struggling with depression, suicide, addiction, and self-injury. It represents the importance of suicide prevention.

No matter how we get there, the end result is so important to help more people to also be able to say "; I'm still here." "; my story isn't over."

The symbol is a conversation starter celebrating the road to recovery and the determination to keep moving forward no matter what. People ask what it is and you get to open up an opportunity to help someone else who might be struggling.

If you have ever seriously considered suicide and are willing to talk to someone who might be needing help, ink your hand during September, Suicide Prevention Month or wear a button or put a decal on your car window. Let’s stop the self harming, the suicides and the bullying

Need to talk now? Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or see our list of other lifelines.

Where to get rack cards, business cards or a semicolon button

Pickup a business card that talks about suicide and gives a 24/7 Helpline phone number. Keep one in your wallet to give to someone who might be going through depression or a tough time with a job, alcohol, physical health, financial, or an intimate partner. Take a semicolon button and wear it to let people know you're willing to talk. It's also a great conversation starter about what it means. Let's end the stigma around suicide and talk openly about it.

Locations to get free business cards and/or button:

Brookings-Harbor, OR

Blue Water Cafe & Lounge, 16218 Lower Harbor Rd
Brookings-Harbor Community Food Bank, 539-A-Hemlock St
Chetco Activity Center, 550 Chetco Ave
Chetco Music Company, 615 Chetco Ave
Democrats Headquarters, 617 Chetco Ave
Gypsies, 549 Chetco Ave
Harbor Tattoo Gallery, 545 Chetco Ave
The Health Shop, 604 Railroad St
KCIW radio, 609-A, Chetco Ave
Curry Coastal Pilot office, 507 Chetco Ave
St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 401 Fir St
Towne Buzz Tattoo and Art Studio, 16211 W. Hoffeldt Lane, Upstairs - Harbor
Wayne Taylor Insurance, 607 Chetco Ave

Crescent City, CA

Del Norte Triplicate Newspaper, 312 H St
KFUG, 270 I St
Tsunami Games, 260 I St
Wild Rivers Market, 450 M St

Gold Beach, OR

Curry Community Health, 94235 Moore St

Or get a rack card or a business card for your wallet explaining the program with a crisis line listed. Some locations have our 1 1/4" round button too. Or send a self-addressed stamped envelope (#10 SASE) to PO Box 12, Brookings, OR 97415.

Check back often because we hope to list additional locations with a supply of these free items.

Why keep a semicolon business card in your wallet?

Two sided business card


Suicide is preventable. It is not chosen and it is momentary. It happens when pain exceeds the resources for coping with pain. You're not a bad person, or crazy, or weak, or flawed, if you feel suicidal. It doesn't even mean that you really want to die. If you have ever seriously considered suicide but didn't end your life with a period, use a semicolon to make a statement like "; I'm still here." or "; my story isn't over." Talking or calling a crisis line isn't a sign of weakness. It shows real strength to ask for help. And it shows real strength to be an ally. Help reduce the stigma around depression and suicidal ideation. Learn the early warning signs and wear a semicolon button signifying you've been there and are willing to talk to someone in crisis. And if you're in crisis now, call the National Hopeline 24/7 at 800-273-TALK (8255)

Note: The semicolon above fills one side of the actual business card

90% of men who die by suicide have a diagnosable mental health issue at the time of death

80% of suicide attempts are by women. 80% of successful suicides are by men and men using a gun. In 90% of those suicide cases, men are suffering from a mental health issue. (see below) Men are most reticent to talk about their problems, and since suicide is usually a momentary thing, tend not to as for help.

If you know a man who is going through one of the following issues, be sure to give him one of these cards, let him know you are available to talk confidentially, and insure that he knows that most people who call a crisis line aren't suicidal. They just need someone to talk through what's going on for them. If he is a good friend ask him to commit to you that he won't do anything rash until he gets aold of you and you can talk it through. (Bill Withers song, Lean on Me.)

46.3% had an intimate partner problem
31.6% had a problem with alcohol
24.3% had a physical health problem
27.5% had a financikal problem
29.6% had a job problem
62.9% had a current depressed mood

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"I take it that no man is educated who has never dallied with the thought of suicide." - William James

  Women seek help—men die.” Jed Diamond

Don't blow your brains out! They are right where they need to be.

Clearing out the shit - all of those unhealthy messages and thoughts.

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