Local business tattooing for suicide awareness

Wendy-Greer Lafaver from Timeless Permanent Cosmetics is tattooing a semicolon on a resident to raise suicide awareness for the community. (Raven Brown/KTVO)

Timeless Permanent Cosmetics is helping raise suicide awareness for the month of September by tattooing semicolons for the community.

Project Semicolon is an organization dedicated to the prevention of suicide through raising awareness, educating communities and equipping every person with the right tools to save lives.

Heartland artist Wendy Greer-Lafaver told KTVO the idea just came to her one day and she wanted to make a difference.

"I thought that this would be a great way to get conversation started and help the community. Tattoos are a great conversation piece and it's also a tangible thing that people can do to show support for others."

Greer-Lafaver also told KTVO that the response has been overwhelming, with more than 100 people contacting her for the tattoo.

According to Mental Health America, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for more than 1% of all deaths.

It's the second leading cause of death among people ages 15 to 24.

The organization explained a semicolon is used when an author could've ended a sentence, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life.

The cost for the tattoo is $20 per person. All proceeds will be donated to our Kirksville Hospice awareness group.

The best way to contact and make an appointment will be through Timeless Permanent Cosmetics' Facebook page.

If you or anyone is struggling, you're not alone. Confidential help is available 24 hours everyday for free by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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