My daughter and her best friend learned that one their mutual friends from youth group is a self-mutilator…a cutter. Needless to say, they were very upset. They wanted to help, but didn’t know what to say or do. They had no idea what she had been going through. The good news is, she’s been getting help, has a church family that is supporting her and she hasn’t cut herself for 5 months. She told them about an organization to which her counselor had directed her. The name of the organization is “To Write Love On Her Arms”.
To Write Love on Her Arms (or TWLOHA) is a non-profit organization based originally in Orlando, Florida whose purpose is to spread awareness and support for people involved in self-harm. The organization was founded by Jamie Tworkowski, and is currently based in Florida.
The organization’s main vehicle for achieving widespread recognition is the exposure it has received from musicians and bands such as Underoath, Anberlin, Switchfoot, Showbread, Copeland, Sleeping at Last, Thrice, Sullivan, Jimmy Eat World, Meg and Dia, Jonezetta, and Paramore, some of whom have been known to wear the organization’s distinctive t-shirt in photographs and performances. Ryan Ross and Brendon Urie from Panic! At the Disco have also been seen wearing TWLOHA shirts.
To Write Love on Her Arms was started in response to a story told by the founder about a young woman named Renee who self-mutilated. Tworkowski was inspired by how a group of people brought her onto the road of recovery. Since then, TWLOHA has sought to ameliorate self-harm through donations, dissemination of inspiring stories, and counseling.
The story of how it all got started is very touching. It’s a great example of the church reaching out. PROFANITY WARNING: The “F”-bomb gets dropped once.
I encourage you to explore the website. I also encourage you to pass this along. You never know.
Watch the video…