You may recall in my post Aware of the Hurting I talked about To Write Love On Her Arms. Well I want to talk about it some more. The following is taken directly from their website:
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 to invest directly into treatment and recovery.
The vision is that we actually believe these 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 that your story is important and that you’re part of a bigger story. You need to know that your life matters.
We live in a difficult world, a broken world. My friend Byron is very smart – he says that life is hard for most people most of the time. We believe that everyone can relate to pain, that all of us live with questions, and all of us get stuck in moments. You need to know that you’re not alone in the places you feel stuck.
We all wake to the human condition. We wake to mystery and beauty but also to tragedy and loss. Millions of people live with problems of pain. Millions of homes are filled with questions – moments and seasons and cycles that come as thieves and aim to stay. We know that pain is very real. It is our privilege to suggest that hope is real, and that help is real.
You need to know that rescue is possible, that freedom is possible, that God is still in the business of redemption.”
TWLOHA has a campaign to high-school students and chapters on university campuses where students can raise awareness about depression and suicide and suggest help. A TWLOHA information tent can also be found at fairs and concerts. It’s very much a grassroots type of non-profit.
I believe that their Mission and Vision complement Blue’s purpose. Especially important to me is their work with young people. I have decided that for the next year, 10% of profits from Blue is Blue will go to TWLOHA. And this is after the 10% to my church.
So when you purchase art or a book (early next year) you’ll be blessing two movements. I’m excited to see all that we can accomplish together, you me and TWLOHA!
- To Write Love on Her Arms (highschoolhealth.wordpress.com)