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Semicolon
/ ˈsɛm ɪˌkoʊ lən /

The ';' mark is used by writers who could have ended the sentence but chose to continue it. Similarly, survivors made a choice - to continue life. The semicolon is symbolic of the survivor and is used in solidarity across the Mental Health community. It was popularised by Amy Bleuel.

About

Mental Health doesn’t have to be an uncomfortable topic. There is so little that is understood about it, and so much more that is misunderstood. 

For those of us who have experienced battles with Mental Health, we have often found the silence around us deafening. We understand the sense of isolation that can come with this quiet. We have realized the importance of speaking up, even if we fall short in our attempt to articulate.  

You shouldn’t have to experience your own battle to have a conversation. 

Semicolon seeks to bring together a community of contributors, researchers, experts, and writers from around the world to unbox the culture, art, science, and evolution in the Mental Health space. We will try to explore creative ways to disseminate knowledge by drawing on topics ranging from psychopathology and neuroscience to social issues and therapeutic innovations with the hope that it will inspire discussion. 

Let’s add to the voice, not the silence.

The Founder
Nupur Goenka

In 2018, I went through a confusing period of experiencing daily panic attacks. I didn’t know what was happening to me, how to manage, or whether they would stop. Purely by luck, perhaps, my first reaction was to seek out therapy; just to understand what I was going through. Several months later and on a path to recovery, I realized how unprepared I could have been if I didn’t have my support system and background. 

Once I started to become more outspoken about my anxiety and journey with therapy, I was shocked and humbled by the number of people that revealed their own stories to me – thank you all. We have a responsibility to do more and I began Semicolon to break the silence outside the Mental Health community. 

The topic doesn’t have to come with an emotional heaviness that we would inevitably tip-toe around. There is so much happening in the space that is fascinating and insightful if only we explore it with curiosity rather than reluctance. I hope Semicolon will help us learn more, extend support, and amplify the voices of those who need it. 

I’ve lived in Bangalore, India for most of my life and I graduated from Northwestern University (’13) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cognitive Neuroscience. I’m also the Executive Director of Tally Solutions Pvt. Ltd., and the Co-Founder of Clustr.

In 2018, I went through a confusing period of experiencing daily panic attacks. I didn’t know what was happening to me, how to manage, or whether they would stop. Purely by luck, perhaps, my first reaction was to seek out therapy; just to understand what I was going through. Several months later and on a path to recovery, I realized how unprepared I could have been if I didn’t have my support system and background. 

Once I started to become more outspoken about my anxiety and journey with therapy, I was shocked and humbled by the number of people that revealed their own stories to me – thank you all. We have a responsibility to do more and I began Semicolon to break the silence outside the Mental Health community. 

The topic doesn’t have to come with an emotional heaviness that we would inevitably tip-toe around. There is so much happening in the space that is fascinating and insightful if only we explore it with curiosity rather than reluctance. I hope Semicolon will help us learn more, extend support, and amplify the voices of those who need it. 

I’ve lived in Bangalore, India for most of my life and I graduated from Northwestern University (’13) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cognitive Neuroscience. I’m also the Executive Director of Tally Solutions Pvt. Ltd., and the Co-Founder of Clustr.