A friend of mine challenged educators to wear a semicolon today to remind each other that mental health matters.
  1. A semicolon is used when an author could've chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to.
    A99601e9 8bb2 4f0a 8d85 0e16e36d00d4
    Wherever you are, your story is not over.
  2. I struggle with anxiety and panic attacks.
    Sometimes it feels like the world is closing in and might actually implode. It doesn't. It won't.
  3. I've learned that talking to others lessens the hold over me.
    You aren't alone, actually a lot of people live in the same place you do. When you realize you're not the only one, it somehow feels more manageable.
  4. We need each other's support.
    Especially when the tendency is to feel ashamed or try to hide what we are dealing with.
  5. Mental health is important.
    I'm not sure why we try to pretend it isn't.
  6. Kids need adults to talk about mental health more.
    So that when they are struggling, the conversation has been started for them.
  7. If you want to see what passionate educators look like, check out the #semicolonedu on Twitter.
    I'm glad people like this exist in the world.
  8. As an educator, I see lots of mental health issues go untreated too long.
    Get help! No shame in asking for what you need. I have rheumatoid arthritis, I think nothing about sharing this with people but hesitate to talk about my anxiety because it feels taboo. Why? This shouldn't be the case.
  9. Post your semicolon support below.
    Don't be shy.