It started with a story.

Our founder, Jamie Tworkowski, didn’t set out to start a nonprofit organization. All he wanted to do was help a friend and tell her story. When Jamie met Renee Yohe, she was struggling with addiction, depression, self-injury, and suicidal thoughts. He wrote about the five days he spent with her before she entered a treatment center, and he sold T-shirts to help cover the cost. When she entered treatment, he posted the story on MySpace to give it a home. The name of the story was “To Write Love on Her Arms.” Read the original story


“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.

We believe:

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:

Since 2006

200,000 messages


We’ve responded to 200,000 messages from people in over 100 countries around the world

3.3 million miles


We’ve traveled more than 3.3 million miles to meet people in their communities

1000+ blog posts


We’ve shared more than 1000+ 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 98 countries


Since 2006, we’ve shipped merch to 98 countries, including 2,550 World Suicide Prevention Day packs with 70,090 info cards going to 22 countries.

$2 Million Donated to Treatment & Recovery

We’ve donated more than $2 million to treatment and recovery and granted funding to 105 unique organizations and counseling practices.

What Now?

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.