Why Selena Gomez And Cast Members Of '13 Reasons Why' Just Got Matching Tattoos

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The Meaning Behind Matching Semicolon Tattoo Chosen By Selena Gomez, Tommy Dorfman & Alisha Boe Of 13 Reasons Why

The meaning is truly powerful.

“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."

This is the meaning behind the semicolon tattoo and its movement — Project Semicolon — which was founded by the late Amy Bleuel, who sadly died by suicide last month at the age of 31.

Millions of people, including myself, have come to support this movement since its inception in 2013.

And the latest to join the crew of self-proclaimed "Mental Health Warriors" is actress/singer Selena Gomez.

She shared ALL the details of the happenings through an uplifting and personal Instagram story.

Gomez, who is the show's executive producer, and cast members Tommy Dorfman (Ryan) and Alisha Boe (Jessica) from the Netflix original hit series 13 Reasons Why recently got themselves their very own matching semicolon tattoos.

Unless you've been living under a bus, you've probably heard of and/or been binge watching the show, which is based on the novel of the same name by author Jay Asher.

The 13-part show, based on the book 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, examines the story of a teenager named Clay Jensen (played by Dylan Minnette) who is trying to uncover the reasons why his classmate and friend, Hannah Baker (played by Katherine Langford), took her life.

In celebration of the show's success, and in recognition of their own personal struggles, the three stars chose to get their own meaningful semicolon tattoos together.

In a recent interview with Elle Magazine, Gomez disclosed that she sees a therapist five days a week for her own depression and anxiety.

She credits Dialectical Behavior Therapy — a form of talk therapy that focuses on helping patients strengthen their tolerance of distress, regulate their emotions, be more mindful of themselves and others, and better navigate interpersonal conflict — for helping her manage her own symptoms.

Dorfman also shared the following post on his own Instagram:

"Today was a magical day. Another day to be grateful to be alive. Alisha, Selena, and I went together to get ; tattoos. The ; symbol stands for an end of one thought and a beginning of another. Instead of a period, authors use the semicolon to continue a sentence. For us, it means a beginning of another chapter in life, in lieu of ending your life. I struggled with addiction and depression issues through high school and early college. I reached out and asked for help. At the time, I thought my life was over, I thought I'd never live past the age of 21. Today I'm grateful to be alive, in this new chapter of life in recovery, standing with my colleagues and friends, making art that helps other people. If you're struggling, if you feel suicidal, I urge you to click the link in my bio. Ask for help. Start a new chapter with the support of others. RIP Amy Bleuel, who started the semicolon movement."

According to the official Facebook page for Project Semicolon, this coming Sunday, April 16, 2017, will mark Project Semicolon Day.


"Mark your calendars for April 16 and join others all around the world as they wear their semicolons proudly while declaring that their stories are not over. Remember to post your semicolons using our hashtags: #ProjectSemicolon #SemicolonProject416 #semicolonmovement"

I, for one, just marked the day in my calendar. I hope you will consider doing the same.

If you or someone you know is suffering from suicidal thoughts, please seek help immediately by calling The National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. There is hope!