January 2014: To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA)
Why is it so easy for someone to tell others “I have a cold” or “I broke my foot.” These statements about not being “well” are thrown around with no care in the world. Yet, when someone needs help with addiction or depression, it is not looked at as a sickness. There are more people in jails and prisons than hospitals suffering from mental health diseases. Throughout my life I have had various family members and friends suffer from depression, addictions, self-injuries, and suicide. This is a cause especially close to my heart and I believe it is very important to attempt to break the stigma of these diseases. Everyone has a story. Everyone is going through something another knows nothing about. It is a necessity for our society to share love and end the stigma of mental health diseases.
“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 also invest directly into treatment and recovery.”