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.
“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.