Selena Gomez and the cast of her new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why just inked a permanent bond to one another in a bid to raise awareness of mental health issues.
The 24-year-old singer, who executive produced the teen-drama series based on Jay Asher’s bestselling novel of the same name, teamed up with Tommy Dorfman and Alisha Boe to get matching tattoos earlier this week.
After spending the day in Los Angeles with her co-stars, Selena took to social media to reveal her new tatt in honour of the show’s central character Hannah Baker.
For those of you who haven’t binge-watched the series yet, the show focuses largely on how bullying can mentally affect a person; in this case Hannah, who, before taking her own life, explains in a series of audiotapes the 13 Reasons Why she decided to commit suicide.
Consequently, Selena and two of the series’ breakout stars decided to get their wrists inked with a semi colon tattoo – a symbol of choosing life over suicide.
The pop star, who previously opened up about her own mental health battle, posted a series of clips on her Instagram Story, while Tommy and Alisha shared posts explaining the special meaning behind their new inking.
According to the Project Semicolon Instagram account, it’s “a movement dedicated to presenting hope & love to those who struggle with mental illness, suicide, addiction & self-injury.”
Alisha, who plays brokenhearted Jessica Davis in the series, recently paid tribute to the project’s founder, Amy Bleuel, who tragically committed suicide last month.
“I have received so much love and support from all of you who are watching 13 Reasons Why,” she wrote on Instagram.
“Today – Tommy, Selena and I got tattoos of a semicolon. Project semicolon is a movement dedicated to presenting hope for those suffering from depression, thoughts of suicide, addiction, and self-injury.
“Those of you watching 13 Reasons Why and identify with Hannah Baker, please check out Beyond The Reasons on netflix, or check out the link in my bio. Rest In Peace Amy Bluel, who started this movement. Love you all.”
Tommy, who is introduced as a manipulative poet in the show, also uploaded a post, detailing his personal battles with addiction and depression.
“Today was a magical day. Another day to be grateful to be alive,” he candidly wrote to his 252k followers.
“I struggled with addiction and depression issues through high school and early college. I reached out and asked for help. At the time, I thought my life was over, I thought I’d never live past the age of 21.”
He concluded: “Today I’m grateful to be alive, in this new chapter of life in recovery, standing with my colleagues and friends, making art that helps other people.”
13 Reasons Why is now available for streaming on Netflix.