Today is the worldwide observance of To Write Love On Her Arms Day to raise awareness of those who suffer from depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA) is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help struggling with these issues. It is a community of people existing to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.
If you or someone you know is suffering, TWLOHA wants you to know that rescue is possible. According to its vision statement, TWLOHA wants sufferers to know that they were created to love and be loved; we live in a difficult, broken world; we all wake to mystery and beauty and also to tragedy and loss; and, most importantly, that God is still in the business of redemption. Community is essential and you do not have to suffer alone or without hope.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 121 million people worldwide suffer from depression with 18 million of them in America alone and 2/3 never seek treatment. The World Health Organization considers depression one of the leading causes of disability. Each year approximately 1 million people die from suicide which calculates to one death every 40 seconds. Experts predict that by 2020 this will increase to one death every 20 seconds.
According to its website, TWLOHA believes that rescue is possible and is committed to communicating hope to others who know the daily struggle of living in a broken world. If you are someone you know is at risk for suicide or is suffering from an addiction whether from a substance or practices self-injury, please contact the appropriate helpline located here.
If you live in the East Alabama area and are contemplating suicide or know someone who is, please contact The Crisis Center of East Alabama at 334-821-8600. If you are outside the area, please click here to find a crisis center in your area.