The semi-colon sign is said to symbolize mental health and suicide prevention awareness, encouraging people to keep going.
Nadine Lustre’s father Ulysses took to his Facebook account to share that he had a semi-colon sign tattooed on his hand. The semi colon is said to symbolize mental health and suicide prevention awareness, with the hashtag ‘#keepgoing.’
This is after Nadine’s brother Isaiah reportedly committed suicide a week ago.
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“I shout to everybody, the awareness. I'm planting seeds to stop the pain of loss thru depression. This is a battle against unforseen enemy. I believe that if we know the sickness we can have a cure. I heed the support of everyone to go on. Your likes and share will help me to go on. Thank you,” he wrote in the caption.
Likewise, he also posted a video of his hand after he got inked.
In a separate post, Ulysses addressed comments about his gesture.
“An exaggeration? In my heart I know that what I'm doing is for a better purpose and I'm not asking for anything in return. I'm just making a huge sacrifice for Isaiah. The more moral support the more this awareness will burn. This is not an issue of popularity anymore. This is an issue of unselfishness to make a concrete example that this sickness is here.”
“And If I can help find a cure, I would gladly sacrifice my anonymity. And even myself.
If this is exaggerated, then I should keep this to myself and try to be selfish like the people who say this is,” he said.