Amy grew up in Wisconsin, at the age of 6 she decided to live with her father and stepmother (after her parents divorced). Amy’s relationship with her stepmother was a physically abusive one. She was taken into state custody by a child protective service at the age of 8. Bleuel said that she started self-harming and attempting to kill herself after she had been raped at 13.
At the age of 18 Amy’s father died from suicide, she was subsequently released from the system. In college, Amy was raped twice and suffered a miscarriage. She suffered from alcoholism at the age of 30 and had attempted suicide at-least five times.
Amy founded Project Semicolon in 2013 to honor her fathers death. As a semicolon denotes a pause in a sentence rather than an end to a sentence, the semicolon symbolizes progression rather than stopping. Many people who embrace the semicolon symbol share similar experiences and stories related to that of Amy’s journey.
Amy died on March 23- 2017, age 31; suicide as cause of death. She is survived by her husband.
Project Semicolon defines itself as “dedicated to presenting hope and love for those who are struggling with mental illness, suicide, addiction and self-injury”, and “exists to encourage, love and inspire”.
According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, with 42,773 reported deaths in 2014