What is To Write Love on Her Arms?
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 invest directly into treatment and recovery.
To Write Love on Her Arms began in Orlando, FL in 2006 when our founder, Jamie Tworkowski, wrote a story about a friend who struggled with self-injury and addiction and the five days preceding her entry into treatment. The story, which was entitled “To Write Love on Her Arms,” went viral, and T-shirts were initially printed and sold as a way to pay for that friend's treatment. Since then, TWLOHA has become a non-profit which serves as a bridge to hope and help for people facing the same issues.
You can read more about TWLOHA’s history and vision here.
Is TWLOHA a “Christian” organization?
We are not a Christian organization. Although there are people on staff who are Christians and even some Christian elements in the original story, this is an organization for all people. Because we believe issues like addiction, depression, self-injury, and suicide affect everyone, we are an organization for everyone, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, race, ability, nationality, or other differences. As an organization, we aim to be inclusive and inviting for everyone.
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How is Renee doing now?
Renee is still in Florida and continues to have a relationship with TWLOHA. She has published a book of her journal writings, Purpose for the Pain, and is currently pursuing her music career with her project, Bearcat. You can keep up with Renee here.
Does TWLOHA provide counseling or treatment?
Though we believe in the power of counseling and treatment, we are not trained mental health professionals and do not personally provide these services. TWLOHA’s mission is to connect people to and invest in mental health resources as we create a better and safer conversation about issues like depression, addiction, self-injury, eating disorders, and suicide. If you would like more information about counseling or treatment resources that are available, check out our Find Help page.
I am struggling or someone I know is struggling with the issues TWLOHA addresses. What should I do?
We’re sorry to hear that you or someone you know is having a hard time, and we want you to know you are not alone. We encourage you to reach out to someone you know or to browse some of the resources and research available on our Find Help page. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have other questions or concerns.
If you or someone you know need immediate emergency attention, please contact your local authorities or call 1-800-SUICIDE.