To Write Love on Her Arms

Hope is real. Help is real. Your story is important.

To Write Love on Her Arms - or TWLOHA - is a non-profit organization "dedicate to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide." Founded in 2006 by Jamie Tworkowski, as a way of helping his friend Renee, TWLOHA has since blossomed and is known worldwide for the help and support they offer those in need, officially becoming a non-profit organization in 2011.

One of the things I love best about TWLOHA is their involvement in the community, particularly in "their" music scene. I'd call us the Warped Tour crowd, but I'm sure TWLOHA's reach stretches farther than just us. They always have a booth at Warped and other music festivals, and more than once, I've gone to shows where the bands travel with a TWLOHA rep. Not only that, but they are constantly spreading their message of hope and help over social media - whether through their Twitter account, or through the various blog posts that regularly pop up on their website. 

Their booths are full of t-shirts and bracelets to show your support, and for the past few years, they've been doing a "Fears vs Dreams" campaign where people are encouraged to write out their biggest fear and greatest dream as a way of sharing their story and, hopefully, being inspired by the stories of those around them. Because TWLOHA believes that, above us, "people need other people", and that's what they strive to do: be available and accessible to people who might otherwise feel alone. 

If you're interested in TWLOHA's message and want to learn more, check out their website. You can also follow them on Twitter for bite-sized inspiration and you can check out the Fears vs Dreams campaign here. Finally, you might be interested in reading Jamie Tworkowski's new book, If You Feel Too Much, and maybe check out the movie of TWLOHA's formation, starring Kat Dennings and Chad Michael Murray.