To Write Love On Her Arms is an American non-profit movement with the vision to spread their belief in the following:
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 your story is important, and you’re part of a bigger story.
You need to know your life matters.
TWLOHA “aims to present hope for people struggling with addiction,depression, self injury, and thoughts of suicide while also investing directly into treatment and recovery” (Wikipedia, n.d.). For the past four years, TWLOHA was a great source of hope for not only for me but for a countless number of lives that they have touched.
I stumbled upon TWLOHA when I saw a blog post encouraging people to write the word “love” on their arms on this specific date to show concern and support for all those struggling with depression, addiction, and self-injury. I thought it was a brilliant idea because there weren’t many platforms for things such as these in the Philippines.
Now, I actively support campaigns by TWLOHA because in these simple things, I know that it can help save lives. During World Suicide Prevention Day last September 10, I made it a point to do my part in spreading hope through social media and by writing “love” on my arms because depression or self-injury or whatever obstacle each person is facing does not make a person any less of a human being. I have realized that it is not the obstacle but the stigma that cripples people who suffer from these challenges and it is up to us, the people around them, to show our support for them and to tell them that the battle they are facing is a noble one, it is one that they do not have to do alone.
Hope is real. Help is real. Love is the movement.
– Olivia Solomon