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To Write Love On Her Arms

Updated on April 9, 2015

To Write Love On Her Arms is a charity that supports people with depression....

To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA) is a non-profit organisation that exists to raise awareness and to support people who are suffering from depression, self injury, addiction and suicidal tendencies.

Their vision, quoted directly from their website, is "You were created to love and be loved. You were meant to live life in relationship with other people, to know and be known. You need to know that your story is important and that you're part of a bigger story. You need to know that your life matters."

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TWLOHA on YouTube

Some facts

The World Health Organization indicates that around 121 million people all around the world suffer from depression.

Out of those 121 million people, 2/3 of them will not get the treatment they need to help them with depression.

The top cause of suicide is depression which has remained untreated. According to The World Health Organization approximately 1 million people commit suicide each and every year.

Depression affects every race, every skin colour, every age group and every country. It does not discriminate.

TWLOHA Day

To help raise awareness of this cause TWLOHA organised To Write Love On Her Arms Day. On this day people all around the world got out their Sharpies and wrote love on their arms to raise awareness. As more and more people asked, "why do you have love written on your arm?" the cause spread further and further, some people would even allow people to write the word "loved" on their arm as they found out what it represented.

Whether we like to think so or not, we all know someone whose life has been affected by depression, either directly or indirectly.

We may not know that someone is suffering from depression, they may not even know themselves.

Here is a list of some symptoms that may indicate depression:

*feeling sad, moody or down more often than not

*feeling hopeless or helpless very often

*feeling numb or empty

*feeling anxious or nervous more often than not

*feeling guilty and blaming yourself for things that aren't your fault

*unable to feel good or enjoy things you usually would

*being too self-critical

*believing that things are out of your control

*difficulty making normal decisions

*difficulty thinking clearly

*poor concentration and bad memory

*thinking about suicide or ending your life

*lack of motivation and energy

*crying a lot

*losing interest in activities you would usually enjoy

*withdrawing from your friends and family or being overly dependent on them

*increased use of alcohol or other drugs

*losing your temper more often than you usually would

*loss of appetite or over-eating

*changes in sleep patterns - difficulty getting to sleep, waking up in the middle of the night or sleeping for longer

*headaches or stomach aches

*feeling physically sick

*lack of interest in sex.

These are only some symptoms, but if you think yourself or someone you know suffers from depression, speak to a medical professional.

Books on Amazon that may be helpful - For those suffering depression or for those with a loved one suffering depression...

How to support TWLOHA

You can help to support this cause by going to the website to learn more or to purchase t-shirts to raise awareness. The link is at the bottom of this page.

TWLOHA also has a presence on many social networks, below are the links to their pages:

Facebook

MySpace

Google+

Twitter

Credits

The TWLOHA logo and associated pictures were derived from the To Write Love On Her Arms website to show my support and promote this cause.

Thankyou.

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      Cherry-Ambition 5 years ago from U.S.

      @anonymous: If you're in the US, you can call this suicide hotline- 1-800-273-8255. If you're outside of the US, you can still at least talk to someone by email- info@holdingofwrist(.com)? I don't know if the dot-com is a part of the email or not, but try it both ways and see what happens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      im suicidal...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I get depressed off and on regularly but I absolutely refuse to take any medication for it. Sometimes I can drag myself out of it by doing some mundane, repetitive task, or I turn up the volume on the stereo and blast good music until I feel my spirits lift. The depression I can't deal with so easily is the overwhelming sense of hopelessness kind of depression. When I get that I just have to ride it out. Yes, I have been suicidal too. It is not a good place to be.

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      MizzMary 5 years ago

      I had depression for many years. It really affects every single aspect of your life, and many people don't understand exactly what it is. It's fantastic to see you bring awareness to this very serious condition. I 'like' this lens.

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      Joandearc LM 5 years ago

      @EditPhotos: Thankyou dagsmith!

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      Excellent lens. I used to work at a Hot Topic and I remember we sold items for this organization. Thanks for sharing this!

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      Edit Photos 5 years ago from Earth

      Blessed - a great lens!

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      Joandearc LM 5 years ago

      @Mihaela Vrban: Thankyou a_willow!

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      Joandearc LM 5 years ago

      @PaulaMorgan: Thankyou emerald!

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      Joandearc LM 5 years ago

      @Cherry-Ambition: Thankyou, I have now fixed it :)

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      Back to leave this great lens an ~angel blessing~

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      WriterBuzz 7 years ago

      If you like coffee, check out my lens on Who Invented Coffee. I found your lens by accident, and it's really nice. I gave you a thumbs up. Look forward to more lenses from you. I also did one on Migraine Headaches that might interest you. If you surf on by, leave me a comment .

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thumbs Up for love!

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      Paula Morgan 7 years ago from Sydney Australia

      fantastic lens (blessed)

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      Mihaela Vrban 7 years ago from Croatia

      You are one of Fresh Squid April 2010 graduates! Come by and answer few questions to show the way to those who will follow! Wish you many, many more great lenses!

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      Cherry-Ambition 7 years ago from U.S.

      Your website link to TWLOHA doesn't seem to be working (blog link is fine). Great to FINALLY see a Squidoo lens dedicated to this charity. (Was thinking about doing a lens myself, but you beat me to it, and your lens is good).

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      Mihaela Vrban 7 years ago from Croatia

      This lens entered Fresh Squid Contest for April 2010: http://www.squidoo.com/freshsquidcontest

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      Joandearc LM 7 years ago

      @poptastic: Thank you so much, Cynthia!

      I appreciate the feedback immensely and of course, the blessing is fantastic!

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      This is a very good cause and you have presented it really well! So glad I stumbled upon your lens because it is definitely deserving of an *angel blessing*

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      Joandearc LM 7 years ago

      @norma-holt: Thank you Norma, what an honor. That is a great lens!

      Do you mean Beyond Blue? I am currently working on a piece for Beyond Blue, I wasn't going to publish it on Squidoo, but I am starting to realise just how many Aussies actually are on this site!

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      We have something similar in Australia. It's a great cause and well written lens. Top marks and lensrolled to I Can't Die Yet.

      Norma

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      Joandearc LM 7 years ago

      Thankyou Mart :)

      D-Artist, thankyou, yes I suffer from it too and lost a family member to suicide. I think it is one of those social taboos not to talk about depression, that is why I love this cause so much. People need to know there is help out there and that there is nothing to be ashamed of.

      ShirlW, thankyou! I am already addicted to Squidoo, I find myself on here every day!

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      sheriangell 7 years ago

      I've never heard of TWLOHA, but it sounds like a great cause. Welcome to Squidoo!

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      Delia 7 years ago

      great idea and subject lens ...5*...I suffer from SAD, the long winter months intensified my depression.

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      Mart903 7 years ago

      Nice lens! 5 stars to solidarity : ))