Did you know that there are over 300 hotspots for To Write Love On Her Arms in Nashville? Do you even know what To Write Love On Her Arms is? Let me tell you...
To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA) is a movement, non-profit, that was developed to spread hope to people who struggle with depression, addictions, self-injury, and/or suicide. They hope to encourage, inform, and inspire these people. Because honestly, every single person was created to love and be loved.
"You need to know that your life matters." -- TWLOHA
How did TWLOHA come about? It started out as a story in 2006. It's about a girl, Renee Yohe, who wasn't admitted into a drug treatment center, because of the open wounds on her arms. It is a true story written by her friend Jamie Tworkowski and it took five days to raise the money by selling t-shirts to pay for her treatment. You can read the story by clicking here. Renee is currently alive and well and you can read her journal writings from her experience, Purpose for the Pain, by clicking here.
So far TWLOHA has raised lots of money and just recently won $100,000 for Suicide Prevention. They finished third in Chase Community Giving! They're also in the running for a Shorty Award on Twitter.
While TWLOHA does not currently provide professional help for people who are seeking it, they are more than happy to direct you to services that can, and you can find them by clicking here. They are, however, working on launching an online crisis network called IMAlive. Having partnered with the Kristin Brooks Hope Center to launch this, they're hoping to get it started soon. All they need is $100,000 more! If you'd like to help out, you can donate here, or you could even become an IMAlive Volunteer Responder. Click here for more information.
Now, who do they have to thank for helping to raise the money? The developers of TWLOHA, the people who help keep it running, those who donate and help spread the word, and the TWLOHA Street Team.
The TWLOHA Street Team is dedicated to spreading the word about TWLOHA. The Street Team is made up of everyday people just like you and me (literally.) There is a team leader who puts out orders for the members to follow. Basically these orders consist of ways to spread the word.
By the way, this Friday and Saturday, February 12 and 13, are TWLOHA Days. What does that mean? A day where anyone can write "love" on their arms to show that they support the people who are fighting their battles. And when you're asked why you have "love" written on your arm(s), you tell that person that you support the day and why. Keep in mind, love is the movement. There were over 1 million people who attended this event in 2009. I'm excited to see how many attend this year. To show that you are attending, make it known on FaceBook by clicking here!
For a list of the Nashville TWLOHA hotspots, click here. Below is a video of NBC News covering the TWLOHA story: