Looking around one can see the image of the semi-colon tattooed on a person’s finger, ankle, neck or most anywhere on one’s body. Some include sayings such as, Life continues” “Choose to keep going” “And so she goes on” “This too shall pass” “My story isn’t over” “And still I rise”. My favorite one is “The world can be ugly, but isn’t it beautiful.” The semi-colon alone or with sayings reflect hope and survival. This is essentially what we as a society need to address with regard to mental health issues. There is hope and there is survival, and we need to be both for those so vulnerable they can’t see beyond their pain.