Event puts spotlight on mental health

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Cooper-Young business Underground Art is hosting “Illuminated: A Semicolon Tattoo Event” to be held noon-6 p.m. on Saturday, June 4th on the street in front of Underground Art’s shop at 2287 Young.

The event is a benefit for the 46-yeard-old Memphis Crisis Center, a nonprofit that run a volunteer-staffed 24/7 live telephone line that helps people dealing with mental health and emotional emergencies. The center is a United Way agency and partner with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

“Illuminated” is also an extension of Project Semicolon, which was born from a social media movement in 2013. The non-profit movement is dedicated to presenting hope and love to those who struggle with depression, self-injury, mental illness and suicide. Its chosen symbol is the punctuation mark used “when an author could’ve chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to” and supporters have taken to tattooing — temporarily and permanently — he mark on their bodies.

At “Illuminated” Underground Art’s artists will be selling semicolon tats for $20-$30 with proceeds going to the crisis center. There will also be storytellers, an open mic, informational booths, food trucks, and live music. For more information visit the event page on Facebook.

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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