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Suicide Awareness expressed with semicolon tattoos

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and many Iowans are showing support for people who have either struggled with depression or suicide.

One way to show their support is a semicolon tattoo.

Brandon Richardson says he was eager to get the semicolon tattoo to honor the friends he lost to suicide.

"I just wish I could have been there for them at the time, and I wasn't. I wish they would have called me. I would have come over and helped them the best I could and got help for them," Richardson said.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, suicide was the second leading cause of death for Iowans, aged 15 to 34, between 2001 and 2012.

"It's sad seeing younger kids ending their life that early," Richardson said.

Brandon said the semicolon shows no matter what you're going through in life, it's only temporary, and it helps him remember those he lost.

"I wish I could just be around and tell them I love them, and be there for them," Richardson said.

Area 51 tattoo artist Austin Johnson says a portion of the money raised from the semicolon tattoos will benefit families affected by suicide.

"It is really important. It means a lot to me to be able to be a part of something like that. It makes me feel really great I was able to cause that," Johnson said.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, nearly 445 Iowans died of suicide in 2013, and 26 of those people were teens.

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