Back in October of ’08, from Hot Topic I picked up a t-shirt with a cause. Money from the t-shirt purchase went to a non-profit movement called To Write Love on Her Arms. The following is their description:
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.
This began as an attempt to tell a story and a way to help a friend in Spring 2006. The story and the life it represented were both things of contrast – pain and hope, addiction and sobriety, regret and the possibility of freedom. The story’s title “To Write Love on Her Arms” was also a goal, believing that a better life was possible.
Well, if you’ve been reading this journal for awhile or just recently, if you’ve spent any significant time with me, you could guess that I personally experience at least one of the 4 struggles that they list. After wearing the shirt, others have asked or told me more about the group. I believe in what they are doing and why.
It is not only my experience that brings this cause close to my heart. In both the November of 2005 and 2006, I attended the funerals of friends, former classmates, whom gave their lives to suicide. I got just a glimpse of the pain it brought their families and friends. One friend was engaged to be married.
I can only speak of it from my view to say that I was already in a dark place when I went to the funerals. I think of my friends very often.
All this to say please check out their website for more information and please support their mission! Chances are that you know someone who struggles with one of the areas.
Also, if you are one who prays, please pray for the people running TWLOHA and those they are reaching/could reach.
[The previous entry where I first mention TWLOHA]