“To Write Love on Her Arms”
The title, “To Write Love on Her Arms,” also represented a goal—to believe that a better life was possible.
But it was more than just a story.
The words and the life it represented shed light on the reality of contrast—pain and peace, addiction and sobriety, regret and freedom.
Soon Jamie and his friends were answering messages from people around the world. They longed to lift the heavy weight of depression. They wanted to be free from addiction or self-injury, to stay alive and live fully. They were mourning those they’d lost to such struggles, and they reached out to ask what they could do to bring hope to their communities.
They sold T-shirts to help pay for Renee’s treatment, but what could they offer those people who were hurting?
Jamie knew he had stumbled onto a conversation that couldn’t be ignored. In 2007, TWLOHA became an official nonprofit organization.
To Write Love on Her Arms is a nonprofit 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.
You were created to love and be loved.
People need other people.
Your story is important.
Better days are ahead.
Hope and help are real.
You are not alone,
and this is not the end of your story.
This is how we’re sharing the message of hope and help:
We’ve responded to 180,000 messages from people in over 100 countries around the world
3 million miles
We’ve traveled more than 3 million miles to meet people in their communities
600+ blog posts
We’ve shared more than 600 blog posts from contributors who wanted to let others know that they aren’t alone in their pain
$1 million grant
In 2011 we received a $1 million grant from the American Giving Awards Presented by Chase, which helped us bring HEAVY AND LIGHT to 17 cities across the United States
Shipped to 74 countries
In 2014 we shipped merch to 74 countries, including 3,624 National Suicide Prevention Week packs
$1.5 Million Donated to Treatment & Recovery
We’ve donated more than $1.5 million to treatment and recovery and granted funding to 73 unique organizations and counseling practices.
It’s been ten years since Jamie posted the original TWLOHA story online, and we’re still here. We’re still working to let people know that hope is real and that they can get the help they deserve. If you want to help support our mission, you can get involved, buy a T-shirt from our online store, or make a donation.