To Write Love On Her Arms

I promise

Week of Reflection. Since I’m feeling inspirational today I wanted to talk about one of my favorite non-profit organizations. I donate to a wide variety of charitable organizations, mostly environmental and wildlife. This is one of the only people centered organizations I give to. Why this one?
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.
The vision is that we actually believe these things…
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.
We live in a difficult world, a broken world.  We believe that everyone can relate to pain, that all of us live with questions, and all of us get stuck in moments.  You need to know that you’re not alone in the places you feel stuck. 
We all wake to the human condition.  We wake to mystery and beauty but also to tragedy and loss.   We know that pain is very real.  It is our privilege to suggest that hope is real, and that help is real. 
You need to know that rescue is possible, that freedom is possible. We’re seeing lives change as people get the help they need.  People sitting across from a counselor for the first time.  People stepping into treatment.  In desperate moments, people calling a suicide hotline.  We know that the first step to recovery is the hardest to take.  We want to say here that it’s worth it, that your life is worth fighting for, that it’s possible to change. 
Beyond treatment, we believe that community is essential, that people need other people, that we were never meant to do life alone. 
The vision is that community and hope and help would replace secrets and silence.  
The vision is that we can reduce the suicide rate in America and around the world.
The vision is that we would learn what it means to love our friends, and that we would love ourselves enough to get the help we need.
The vision is better endings.  The vision is people finding life, finding freedom, finding love. The vision is people breaking cycles, making change.  
The vision is the possibility that your best days are ahead.  
The vision is the possibility that we’re more loved than we’ll ever know.  
The vision is hope, and hope is real.
You are not alone, and this is not the end of your story.
That’s straight from their Vision on the site. They have some great Facts about Depression, Addiction, Self-Injury, and Suicide as well.
Every year they have a collection of days where they make a request that everyone actually write Love on their arms. Once, twice, as many times as you want. The point is so that people will see it and ask why you have Love written all over. People send pictures of their expression to the site, post them on their social networks, text them to friends, and spread the word.  I think this ‘event’ has passed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still do it whenever you want. It’s a good thing to share, a good message to send. I wanted to let you know.  
I never cover my scars with this, but I write it between them, above them, around them, over and under my family tattoo. It’s silly but I love it.
It should be pretty obvious why I relate to this particular organization, having struggled with and continuing to fight, against all of these issues. While a lot of what I write in this blog is about how tumultuous and sad/angry/hurt I often feel. About the facts, statistics, and issues of Borderline Personality Disorder… My goal is to educate. To understand the label of BPD and see past it, to see the person Beyond the Borderline Personality. In knowledge comes understanding. In understanding comes hope. With hope there is the possibility for a better life. A life worth living.

8 comments on “To Write Love On Her Arms

  1. I can't see half of your post. For lack of a better way to explain it, it looks like someone took a marker/highlighter and painted over the text so I can't see what is written. Is it just me or is that what others see too?

  2. great stuff, thanks for sharing. i work at a treatment center for addiction and we are known for taking a lot of dual diagnosis guys. we have one guy right now who is true borderline. they typically need deep therapy but it is possible for them to recover.

  3. Anytime =) I love sharing about uplifting things. Working at a treatment center has to be quite an experience. It takes a strong person to do that kind of work.

  4. I worked at homes for children with challenging behaviours then a womens hostile for addiction and mental health and a mens hostel for the same, plus a half-way house. All of the above were hard work, but I learned a lot about mental health, addiction and how shitty life can really get! I worked with two BPD – young women. Both were chronic self-harmers. Both had been abused as children, both continued to allow abused in adulthood. IT's like in daylight they knew they were supposed to care, and when it actually happened they did – dreadfully – heartbreakingly – but after it was all forgotten. Couldn't hold on to an emotional impact. Couldn't store up knowledge of a person, good or bad to them – and so couldn't protect themselves. We were told only intense therapy could help: certainly they never prescribed them anything. But therapy was so expensive my company constantly turned them down. I left that company for that reason. Love this post – Glad we both support this charity. The title sang to me because I have self-harmed too (I have bipolar disorder 1). Then I read about them and its such a great charity.Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. Shah .X

  5. This is my first visit to your blog and it's really great, so have added you to my blogroll. As for the To Write Love On Her Arms, it's a great place and deserves support.

  6. Haven, TWLOHA is a cool group. I pray that things are going well for you. I have been abusing my intranet buddies, and for that, I apologize.

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