• Becca Hoselton

To Write Love On Her Arms

Updated: Oct 10, 2020

Welcome to Things That Matter! Each month I will spotlight an organization, what they stand for, why they matter, and how you can help support them.

Even before this blog was up and running, I knew what organization I wanted to start with. To Write Love On Her Arms is an organization with a ton of heart for humanity and the struggles we go through.They did not start as a group of people looking to make a profit and help people in the process. TWLOHA started as a group of friends loving on their friend, Renee Yohe, who struggled with addiction and self harm. After getting her help, they started selling shirts in order to raise money for the cost of her treatment. Founder Jamie Tworkowski, wrote about the days leading up to Renee's treatment. You can read his beautifully written words HERE. His writing would garner so much attention that in 2012 it was turned into a movie, To Write Love on Her Arms, starring Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls).

Since they started in 2006, their website states, founder Jamie Tworkowski and his excellent group have responded to 210,000 messages from people in over 100 countries around the world. TWLOHA has donated more than 2.4 million dollars to treatment and recovery, and granted funding to 105 unique organizations and practices. This non profit organization is “….dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide…” TWLOHA not only makes the conversations about mental health safe to discuss, they completely go out of their way to make sure you aren't alone. You can reach out to them for help in many different forms, twloha.com even has a tool on their site where you can search for free or reduced cost counseling in your community. You can find that tool HERE.

This organization matters because of the emphasis on mental health, and their absolute compassion for those in need of help. You don't have to get very far into their site before you see that this is a group of people helping others because they genuinely care about them. They are providing a safe and accepting community for those in need on all levels.

I grew up in a house with a parent who struggled with depression my entire life. I heard their whispered prayers for God to remove them from this Earth because it felt like too much for them. I wish that reaching out for help was something that wasn't so stigmatized during that time. I can't help but wonder if mental health had been a more freely discussed topic, perhaps my parent would've found this world a little bit easier to be in. I think the weight of feeling alone weighs down the hardest for those who struggle.

Because this organization does so much I want to share some of the ways you can support them.

•Simple things like following them online are easy to do and honestly I get so much out of their posts.

You can follow them on Instagram

They also have a blog you can follow

You can donate your birthday to encourage hope and raise money

If you live in Florida (where the company is based) they have a 5k run you can participate in. Find those details

If you're a mental health profession you can find out how to help

You can be a volunteer, find those details

You can set up a fundraiser

You can also donate once or monthly

They also have very cool t-shirts, hoodies and accessories found Below are a couple of tees I snagged a while back, and a sticker I purchased for my car.

To Write Love On Her Arms is such a worthy cause. I cant say enough wonderful things about them and what they are doing for those who are struggling.

On a personal note, make sure you check on your people. If anyone came to mind while you were reading this, I'm betting they'd love a text or call. Take care of each other friends.

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