Hundreds waited in line under a hot sun Friday in support of Mental Illness. Melissa Cutler,22, organized the local fundraising and awareness event known as Project Semicolon. Cutler who suffers from a mental disorder was overwhelmed at the response Friday that saw participants pay $20 to receive a small semicolon tattoo.
The money raised will be divided up between the Sault Area Hospital’s mental health and addictions unit and the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Jo-Anne Poirier , a volunteer at the event tells saultonline.com that the project semicolon is now a world wide movement ,”it’s to get rid of the stigma associated with mental illness” Poirier said the line-up started at 7:30 in the morning and continues to grow. About 400 were in line at the noon hour, the organizers say they could reach 600 by the end of the day.
Lisa Carricato from the Canadian Mental Health Association says “anything we can do to bring awareness to mental helth in the community is great” Carricato says about 15,000 people locally are diagnosed with some form of mental illness in the Sault.
The time and materials were donated by Blueprint Ink Parlour located on Trunk Road beside Harvey’s. The parlour opened on March 1st of this year. Brad Dicandia, owner along with two other tattoo artists were kept busy all day