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Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students, and it is estimated that more than 1,100 college students die by suicide each year. In 2009, TWLOHA launched the University Chapters program as a bridge to hope specifically designed for college students. Our hope is that the presence of a UChapter on a college and university campus can help turn the tide in these statistics. UChapter members will work to tackle the stigma of mental health and connect students to the local resources they need and deserve.
With the occurrence of mental health struggles amongst college students increasing, we believe the need for hope and help on college and university campuses has never been greater. We believe that cultivating a community of hope to help carry the heavy and the light, can change those statistics. And whether you’re part of a large campus or a small one, a simple spark can bring hope to your school.
What is a UChapter?
A network of student organizations on college and university campuses that exist to embody the mission and vision of To Write Love on Her Arms. Through events and fundraising campaigns, each chapter serves as a voice of hope, inspiration, and support for students within their campus community.
What does a UChapter do?
- Joins a network of student representatives on college campuses worldwide
- Embodies the values and mission of TWLOHA
- Participates in TWLOHA’s global and national campaigns
- Educates their campus community and peers on topics related to mental health
- Provides on-campus programming and events to challenge the stigmas associated with mental health
- Collaborates with their on-campus counseling center to serve as a bridge to help
- Acts as a positive presence on their campus and in their community
*Important Note:* A UChapter is not intended to be a counseling group. TWLOHA is supportive of people reaching out and starting honest conversations with their peers. However, this does not replace the work and help that can be found through counseling; nor should a person participating in a UChapter take on the responsibilities of a professional counselor. If you find yourself struggling, we encourage you to reach out to your on-campus counseling center or the local counseling services in your area.
Over the years, UChapters have been established on campuses all over the US, sharing TWLOHA’s message and creating hundreds of connections to hope. UChapters are a great way to interact with people on your campus and invite them into a space where they don’t have to carry the burden of their struggles alone. One of the best things to come out of UChapters is community. Many members have found peers and friends who share experiences and the belief in hope for better days.
“As I was navigating the abundant pressures and responsibilities that naturally come with college life, my UChapter provided me with a community that was essential. It offered me a safe space to be honest about what I was feeling and safe people with whom I could share these experiences.” – Maddie J., 2017-2019 UChapter Member at James Madison University
UChapters also offer a way for students to build leadership skills. As a member of a UChapter, students have the opportunity to be part of the leadership team where they can learn how to lead, plan and host events, and more.
“UChapters made me a more compassionate and community-focused leader. I learned that what truly gets to the heart of this program is not events or fundraisers or group size, but the impact of those things on the lives and stories of students who need to know they’re not alone. Whether your group is one person or 100 people, being part of UChapters allows you to remind other students that they belong here.” – Bianca M., 2016-2018 UChapter President at University of North Texas
How do I start a UChapter?
- Currently enrolled in an undergraduate program part-time or full time at a college or university
- Has completed at least one semester of college
- Submits the application and has been/is officially accepted as a UChapter by TWLOHA
- Is confirmed as an official student organization/group on your college or university campus
UChapter Application Process
Part One: Video Application
For your video application, you will need to answer a few questions about yourself, your college, and your hopes for your UChapter.
- Introduction: Tell us your name, where you go to school, and of course, no college introduction is complete without answering the sometimes dreaded question—what are you majoring in?
- What are some things you’re passionate about (in addition to the TWLOHA movement)?
- What’s your greatest fear and your greatest dream?
- What do you love about your campus? Tell us 3 random/quirky facts about your campus (you can include pictures, too)!
- Describe the UChapter community you envision on your campus and how it will benefit your college/university community and your local community.
- What are some qualities you embody that you feel will prepare you for UChapter leadership?
Part Two: Online Application
Once you have finished the video portion, complete the required questions on the application, and attach your video! Please allow up to two weeks for the application to be processed.
If approved, you will be invited to register your UChapter—from there, find an advisor, create a Constitution, file all required forms, and become an official student organization on your campus.
Participate in our Run For It 5k and National Suicide Prevention Week campaign. Start conversations on campus and partner with your on-campus counseling center. Raise awareness for hope and fundraise to help those struggling get connected to professional help.
If you have any questions about the application process or what the program involves, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and the TWLOHA staff will guide you through the process.