According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, an estimated 19 million Americans suffer from depression.
To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) is a national organization dedicated to helping those who suffer from depression and have suicidal thoughts, among many other things. As seen on the TWLOHA website (http://www.twloha.com), there mission statement states “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 to invest directly into treatment and recovery.”
I sat down with one of the Co-Presidents of the Bloomsburg Chapter of TWLOHA, Dan Clark, just to find out what this organization is all about:
Who can the Bloomsburg University chapter of TWLOHA help?
– “I feel the BU Chapter of TWLOHA can benefit anyone, not just students. If more people in town were involved or students from other colleges, that would be amazing. This club gives people hope, and sometimes that’s all they need. I know it was what I needed at one point and I’m glad I have the opportunity to share it with some other people.”
Why are you involved in this organization?
– “I have had a lot of experiences with what our organization tries to help. Not personally, but I’ve had several friends who were affected by depression, suicidal thoughts, and self-injury and I’ve lost a few people to suicide. This
organization gives me hope and we get such strong support from people that it makes me feel amazing.”
The members of the organization are going to try and get the message of TWLOHA out to as many people as possible this year by holding more events such as:
Feb. 14: “Free Hugs for the Hug-less” event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. outside of the Husky Lounge.
Feb. 16: A bake sale will be held outside of the Husky Lounge from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Meetings for this organization for the Bloomsburg University Chapter are currently every Thursday at 9:30 p.m. in the Kehr Union room 410.
For more information on TWLOHA, its Bloomsburg University Chapter, or the AFSP, visit:
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: http://www.afsp.org
TWLOHA Website: http://www.twloha.com
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