Semicolon tattoo: The powerful meaning behind this tiny mark

Publish Date
Friday, 20 July 2018, 9:30PM

The semicolon tattoo has become a worldwide symbol for mental health.

It's used in writing when an author could have finished a sentence - but decided to continue.

Now, it is being used by people all over the world to show a time that they - or someone they love - could have finished it all, but decided to continue.

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Brother's Ink in New Plymouth will spend a day - Saturday 28th July - tattooing as many of these as they can in eight hours.

The tattoo artists are aiming for 16 tattoos an hour between two of them!

And it's all to raise money for the Starfish Project - a local Taranaki not-for-profit who provide mental health services for youth.

Emma has had her own battle with mental health and depression. She went to Brother's Ink to get her own tattoo.

Watch her powerful story:

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