Nonprofit To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) has launched the TWLOHA Podcast, a podcast for anyone who is struggling, anyone who feels like they can’t talk about the hard parts of being human, and anyone who wants to start conversations about mental health. Each episode will cover topics people tend not to talk about, including depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. The first episode, “You’re Not Alone” featuring TWLOHA founder Jamie Tworkowski, is out now and can be heard here: http://bit.ly/2CakbGq
“As an organization, the primary thing we do is communicate. We communicate a message of hope with the goal of moving people,” Tworkowski shares.”We want to move people out of pain and shame and isolation, into a place of getting help and finding healing. The TWLOHA Podcast will allow us to bring our message of hope to thousands of people all around the world. We’re super excited.”
To Write Love on Her Arms is a nonprofit dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. It exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. Since its start in 2006, TWLOHA has donated over $2.2 million directly into treatment and recovery and answered over 200,000 messages from over 100 countries.
The organization recently wrapped their 7th annual campaign to honor World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) and National Suicide Prevention Week (NSPW). With the help of supporters from around the world, TWLOHA was able to raise more than $200k for treatment and recovery, surpassing their initial goal of $100k, as well as their follow up goals of $150k and $175k. Over 3600 people donated to this year’s “Tomorrow Needs You” campaign, in addition to the sale of 4655 World Suicide Prevention Day packs. The money raised will help sponsor nearly 4000 counseling sessions and connect 55,000 people to local mental health resources.
As part of the campaign, TWLOHA shared an inspiring video featuring actors Chris Sullivan (from This Is Us) and Jaina Lee Ortiz (from Station 19), country music star Hunter Hayes, who raised $23,000, writer/artist Morgan Harper Nichols, and singer/songwriter Matt Wertz, along with a number of clips submitted by TWLOHA supporters from around the world. To watch the video, please visit: youtu.be/aEzUMnBHHK0.
Additional posts were made throughout the week by Cleveland Cavaliers player Kyle Korver, actor Jared Padalecki, American DJ Bassnectar, US Women’s National Soccer Team players Christen Press and Ashlyn Harris, actress Susie Abromeit, and Norwegian DJ/producer KYGO, who personally donated $30,000 to the campaign, amongst others. Joining them were sites like Billboard, EDM Tunes, Country Music Tattle Tale, Your EDM, Hollywood.com, and more sharing the message of hope and help.