The renewed meaning of the symbol derives from the original grammatical use of the semicolon. Customarily, the semicolon is used in a sentence that incorporates two independent clauses which are closely related in thought. However, Amy Bluel, the founder of the Project Semicolon, created a whole new meaning to the semicolon. She writes:
"A semicolon is used when an author could’ve chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life.” 

Many have joined the movement and use the symbol on jewelry, apparel and body decoration. We believe this will help prevent suicide, as more people are aware of the issue and willing to talk to about it.