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Selena Gomez and '13 Reasons Why' Cast Members Get Semicolon Tattoos


Selena Gomez and two cast members of “13 Reasons Why,” Tommy Dorfman and Alisha Boe, got matching tattoos this weekend, paying homage to the mental health community. Gomez, an executive producer of the new hit Netflix series, got a semicolon tattoo on her wrist, along with Dorfman and Boe.

The trio posted their respective tattoos on Sunday, with Gomez thanking fans for watching and talking about “the message of our show.”

Sharing his tattoo on Instagram, Dorfman shared the mission of Project Semicolon, which the groups’ tattoos are modeled after, as well as his own personal experience living with mental illness:

The ; symbol stands for an end of one thought and a beginning of another. Instead of a period, authors use the semicolon to continue a sentence. For us, it means a beginning of another chapter in life, in lieu of ending your life. I struggled with addiction and depression issues through high school and early college. I reached out and asked for help. At the time, I thought my life was over, I thought I’d never live past the age of 21. Today I’m grateful to be alive, in this new chapter of life in recovery, standing with my colleagues and friends, making art that helps other people.

Today was a magical day. Another day to be grateful to be alive. Alisha, Selena, and I went together to get ; tattoos. The ; symbol stands for an end of one thought and a beginning of another. Instead of a period, authors use the semicolon to continue a sentence. For us, it means a beginning of another chapter in life, in lieu of ending your life. I struggled with addiction and depression issues through high school and early college. I reached out and asked for help. At the time, I thought my life was over, I thought I’d never live past the age of 21. Today I’m grateful to be alive, in this new chapter of life in recovery, standing with my colleagues and friends, making art that helps other people. If you’re struggling, if you feel suicidal, I urge you to click the link in my bio. Ask for help. Start a new chapter with the support of others. ????⛅️????☀️and RIP Amy Bleul, who started the semicolon movement.

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Boe and Dorfman’s Instagram photos also paid tribute to Amy Bleuel, the founder of Project Semicolon, who died by suicide last month.

If you or someone you know needs help, visit our suicide prevention resources page.

If you need support right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.