To Write Love on Her Arms is a “non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery” (Tworkowski, n.d.). In this research paper, we will discuss what this organization does, how and when it began, who started the movement, where it is located, how this organization is environmentally and globally responsible, how the movement supports the local community, as well as any negative aspects to this organization, and why I want to work for To Write Love On Her Arms.
To Write Love on Her Arms helps people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. They encourage, teach, inspire and donate money to treatment and recovery services. Their vision statement says that they believe the following things, “You were created to love and be loved. You were meant to live life in relationship with other people, to know and be known.
You need to know your story is important, and you are part of a bigger story. You need to know your life matters” (Tworkowski, n.d.). To Write Love on Her Arms understands the pain that thousands of people are in daily due to depression, addiction, and anxiety. They also understand that there is a way to get through this hard time with hope and help. They lead people to counseling, treatment, and a path to recovery. The founder of this organization says on their website, “We want to say here that it’s worth it, your life is worth fighting for. It is possible to change. We're seeing lives change as people get the help they need” (Tworkowski, n.d.). To Write Love on Her Arms does not stop with treatment, they also value community. They believe that people need other people to become well. Their vision includes the possibility that your best days are ahead, that you are loved, that hope is real, that you are not alone, and this is not the end of your story.
Although helping struggling people is To Write Love on Her Arms’ mission, they also have a second part. They want to ensure that people are informed about mental health issues, and they share the knowledge and truth of mental health to show that this is a very common struggle, and you are not alone. “Two thirds of people with depression do not seek treatment” (NAMI - The National Alliance on Mental Illness, n.d.). To Write Love on Her Arms wants to see that number change and hope that educating about depression, addiction, self injury, suicide, and anxiety with open doors for those who are struggling to reach out and receive the help they deserve. (Learn, n.d.).
To Write Love on Her Arms began with a true story about a nineteen year old girl named Renee. (It Started With a Story, n.d.). This movement began in the spring of 2006, when the founder, Jamie Tworkowski wrote a story about Renee, who was struggling with depression, addiction, and self injury. Renee believed she was...