* I received this book in exchange for an honest review*
**Trigger Warning: Suicide, Self Harm, Mental Illnesses**
Project Semicolon By Amy Bluel Review.
- Format: Uncorrected proof Copy provided by publishers.
- Publisher: Harper
- Release Date: 5th September 2017
Project Semicolon began in 2013 to spread a message of hope: No one struggling with a mental illness is alone; you, too, can survive and live a life filled with joy and love. In support of the project and its message, thousands of people all over the world have gotten semicolon tattoos and shared photos of them, often alongside stories of hardship, growth, and rebirth.
Project Semicolon: Your Story Isn’t Over reveals dozens of new portraits and stories from people of all ages talking about what they have endured and what they want for their futures. This represents a new step in the movement and a new awareness around those who struggle with mental illness and those who support them. At once heartfelt, unflinchingly honest, and eternally hopeful, this collection tells a story of choice: every day you choose to live and let your story continue on.
Sometimes, some books take longer to digest than others. Sometimes it’s better if you take a slower pace even if you finish well after everyone else. For me, Project Semicolon was one of those books, I needed to take my time reading so that I was able to digest it and ensure I was not triggering myself. In case you aren’t aware Project Semi Colon is about raising suicide awareness and is dedicated to the prevention of suicide by talking. Overall this book is a collection of short essays and paragraphs based on people’s experiences with depression, suicide and suicidal thoughts and often how they came through.
As I’ve already mentioned I had to take my time when reading this book, I limited myself to only a few essays a day. Before I started reading, I expected this to be an uplifting book which focused hugely on the coming out on the other side stories, but if I’m honest at the time I felt that it prayed too much on the ‘bad’ which may be triggering to some. Although I know its important to share the ‘bad’, it really is, sometimes if that outshines the ‘good’ then the story simply appears dark. Although the organisation is one which I greatly admire, appreciate and support, I feel that this book lets it down in some way. However, I could be wrong and maybe this book would be better for people who don’t understand and make them realise the seriousness of depression and suicidal thoughts.
If your thinking of reading this and you’ve experienced the ‘bad’ yourself then I would take your time and be cautious and make sure you’re in a good place. But if your someone who hasn’t ever experienced the bad and want to have a better understanding, whether its to help support a loved one then I’d say read it. Though still take your time.
Thank you, Harper, for sending me this book to review.