Project Semicolon Founder to Speak at Mental Health Awareness Lecture

October 06, 2015

Note: The location of this event has changed and will now take place in the Dewald Chapel Sanctuary.

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Amy Bleuel, founder of Project Semicolon, will be the featured speaker at the University of Mount Union’s annual Mental Health Awareness Lecture at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14 in the Dewald Chapel Sanctuary.

The event is hosted by the University’s Department of Psychology and Neuroscience.

Amy Bleuel battled many trials throughout her life. Having been physically abused by her stepmother then thrust into “the system,” Bleuel faced wavering faith and an addiction to prescription pain killers. Despite it all, however, she fought and overcame.

“Throughout my life, through the good times and the bad, I held closely to my faith in God,” she said on Project Semicolon’s website.

Bleuel founded Project Semicolon in the spring of 2013 to honor her father whom she lost to suicide. Through the semicolon symbol many related to the struggle of depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide and their will to continue on. The title, “Project Semicolon,” also represented a goal – to believe that this is not the end but a new beginning.

“I knew I wanted to impact the world and make a difference,” Bleuel said on Project Semicolon’s website. “That is how Project Semicolon began.”

For more information on Project Semicolon, visit

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