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 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.
Events / Benefits
Will TWLOHA come speak at my school / concert / event / church?
TWLOHA is always open to the possibility of speaking at your event. Though we can’t accommodate every speaking request we receive, we do our best to attend as many as possible. Have an official representative email [email protected]. Make sure they include any important details, such as date, location, number of attendees, and information about your event. Please include any important details, such as date, location, number of attendees, and information about your event.
If you are hosting a benefit event to raise funds for TWLOHA and would like a TWLOHA representative to attend, please email [email protected].
Can I use the “To Write Love on Her Arms” name and/or logo for my benefit or fundraiser?
In order for you to use the official TWLOHA name and logo, you must make your event an official TWLOHA benefit. Please email [email protected] to begin the application process. Include in your email event details such as the date, place, and what the event fundraiser will look like. Our staff member will provide guidelines during the application process about using our name and logo.
Outside of TWLOHA-approved events and materials, the To Write Love on Her Arms name, logos, and slogans cannot be used, as they are trademarked by the organization.
When is TWLOHA coming somewhere near me?
Members of our team travel to speaking events, tours, festivals, and more. Be sure to regularly check our calendar and follow us on Facebook and Twitter, as we are adding new events all the time. If you are interested in bringing a TWLOHA event to your community, please contact [email protected] for more information. We hope to see you on the road soon.
Financial / Donations
Where does the money go?
TWLOHA uses the proceeds from merch sales and donations to carry out the mission of the organization. This translates to bringing a conversation about hope and help to millions of people online and thousands of people in-person at events. It also involves supporting our annual campaigns (like World Suicide Prevention Day), our programs for high school and college students, and events that make it possible for us to combat the stigma and connect people to local, affordable mental health resources. The funds raised keep our FIND HELP Tool operating and expanding as we add new mental health providers to our database as well.
We are also fortunate to be able to invest a portion directly into treatment and recovery. For a complete breakdown of how funds are used, check out our financial reports.
To date, we have given $2.5 million to 100 unique organizations and counseling practices. Below is a list of some of the organizations and counseling groups that TWLOHA has provided funding through grants and counseling scholarships.
Crisis Text Line
Eckerd Connects – Brevard
Victim Service Center of Central Florida
Self Injury Foundation
Minding Your Mind Foundation
In the Rooms
Kids Help Line (Australia) (1-800-55-1800)
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
New Hope C.O.R.P.S.
Kristin Brooks Hope Center (1-800-SUICIDE)
TWLOHA has established counseling scholarships at several practices in Central Florida and across the nation for people who face financial barriers when it comes to accessing mental health care. In addition, we offer a Treatment & Recovery Scholarship for individuals seeking professional help. More information about how to apply can be found here.
Solace Counseling – Orlando, FL
Dawn Kendall – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pacific Northwest Behavioral Health – Portland, OR
Florida Counseling Centers – Melbourne, FL
Robust Sanity – Brookfield, WI
Pamper Your Mind – Satellite Beach, FL
Stephanie Grace – Portland, OR
New Hope Counseling Center – Satellite Beach, FL
Peace Club – Cocoa Beach, FL
How can I get involved?
Thanks for your interest in supporting TWLOHA! There are a number of ways to get involved. We encourage you to check out our Get Involved page to get started. From there you can help us start a conversation, find ways to bring TWLOHA to your community, fundraise, and join us in national campaigns to challenge the stigma surrounding mental health. Other simple ways to support our cause include sending donations or representing us by wearing TWLOHA merchandise.
Can I make my own merchandise with the TWLOHA logo and use all the proceeds to benefit the cause?
The To Write Love on Her Arms name, logos, and slogans cannot be used outside of official TWLOHA purposes, as they are trademarked by the organization. If you’d like to donate proceeds from the sale of your own personal designs and merchandise, you are welcome to do so.
I have a question about my merchandise order. Who can I talk to about that?
Please email your questions and/or order information to [email protected].
Why is merchandise important for TWLOHA as a non-profit?
In the beginning, before TWLOHA was a non-profit, our Title T-shirt was sold to help pay for one person’s treatment. As TWLOHA began to grow, we continued to use merchandise as a way to finance our work. While we do receive additional revenue from programs, donations, and speaking honorariums, TWLOHA is somewhat unique in that the sale of our merchandise remains a primary source of funding for the ways in which we give back.
Every piece of merchandise also has a much bigger purpose. It’s a conversation starter. It’s something that ties supporters together as a community. It spreads the TWLOHA message to someone who might not have found out about us otherwise. It shares hope.
To see the shirts, bracelets, and other merchandise TWLOHA currently has available, head over to our Online Store.
Press / Blog
How do I interview someone from TWLOHA?
If you are a member of the press, please contact Dayna Ghiraldi at Big Picture Media or browse our Press page. If you need to email someone from TWLOHA for academic or personal purposes, please send your request and information about the project to [email protected].
Can I write for TWLOHA’s blog?
TWLOHA loves to feature the diverse voices of people who want to share their journeys with mental health. You can send your 500 to 800-word draft (no PDFs) to [email protected]. Wondering what works for our blog? Check out our latest features here.