Project Semicolon founder, Amy Bleuel, dies

File photo of Amy Bleuel. (WLUK)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- The woman who created Project Semicolon, which aims to lower suicide rates around the world, died.

Amy Bleuel said in the past, a semicolon is used to declare a person's story isn't over yet.

The 31-year-old's obituary says she was born in Wausau and graduated from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

"The way she lived her life, the way she ran her organization, it was from her heart," said Jeff Strommen.

He met Bleuel a couple of years ago. Strommen's the chairman of the Brown County Coalition for Suicide Prevention and worked with Bleuel in the past.

"Her loss is felt tremendously both by myself and our community here."

In an email, Michael Shields with Project Semicolon confirmed to FOX 11 that Bleuel died by suicide March 23.

A message on Project Semicolon's website said, "Your story isn't over."

Bleuel created her organization in 2013 with a goal in mind, to help people struggling with mental illness, suicide, and addiction. She also said the semicolon is used to encourage, love, and inspire.

She was on Good Day Wisconsin almost a year ago promoting a project. Its goal was to collect stories from people affected by suicide.

"I lost my father to suicide in 2003 and I also have struggled with it throughout my life with multiple suicide attempts," said Bleuel.

The most recent post on Bleuel's Facebook fan page dated March 20 said,

Depression takes root when the picture of the past is more powerful than the picture of the future.

There's been an outpouring of support on the Project Semicolon Facebook page.

Strommen says Bleuel's legacy will continue to live on.

"Just being real, being who you are, not being ashamed, or afraid to talk about things that are difficult to talk about, she did that well."

We reached out to Bleuel's family to talk about her life and her message. We haven't heard back.

For more information about suicide prevention, click here.

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