Posted: Nov 02 2015
I could not be more proud of our newest nonprofit partnership with Project Semicolon. They describe themselves as a "movement dedicated to presenting hope and love to those who are struggling with depression, suicide, addiction, and self-injury. Project Semicolon exists to encourage, love, and inspire."
Something so simple represents something so powerful. I created this tattoo not only to support the Project’s mission, but also to further support the mission of getting a serious conversation started about the self harm epidemic we are experiencing among our teenage population.
My family’s life has been directly touched by the loss of a beautiful, young girl to suicide. In January 2014 my daughter’s best friend, Jeweliette, committed suicide by overdose. My daughter, husband and I were some of the last people to see Jeweliette on that fateful evening. I have replayed that night in my head 1000 times. Why didn’t I make her stay with us? Why didn’t I make sure she was ok after we left? She seemed so happy, why didn’t I see any signs?
The questions go on and on, as does the pain. I can’t listen to an Adele song today without crying and thinking about how beautiful she was and how much her and my daughter loved to sing as loud as they could to Adele’s music.
No parent should ever have to bury their child. As we watched Jeweliette’s father give his eulogy at Jeweliette’s funeral, I can promise you I have never cried so hard in my entire life. Watching hundreds of teenagers, including my daughter, have to say goodbye to their friend is something I hope you all will never have to endure.
Unfortunately, teenage suicide today is considered an “epidemic” and that is why we all need to come together. Support the efforts of Project Semicolon, wear a MyTaT Project Semicolon Tattoo, and stand together in support of those that need us. MyTaT is proud to donate a portion of all tattoo profits to this great organization striving to make a difference.- Shelley Cloyd, Founder myTaT.com