Thursday, November 11, 2010

To Write Love on her Arms - TOMORROW

Tomorrow is To Write Love on her Arms Day.

Mission Statement of TWLOHA:
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 Facts:
-121 million people worldwide suffer from depression. (World Health Organization)
- 18 million of these cases are happening in the United States. (The National Institute of Mental Health)
- Between 20% and 50% of children and teens struggling with depression have a family history of this struggle and the offspring of depressed parents are more than three times as likely to suffer from depression. (U.S. Surgeon General's Survey, 1999)
- Depression often co-occurs with anxiety disorders and substance abuse, with 30 percent of teens with depression also developing a substance abuse problem. (NIMH)
- 2/3 of those suffering from depression never seek treatment.
- Untreated depression is the number one cause of suicide, and suicide is the third leading cause of death among teenagers. (NIMH)

In a social climate like today, where many queer youth are struggling with depression and suicide, it might be a very good idea to support this organization and their movement. I urge everyone to write love on their arms tomorrow to show that there is hope for those who feel alone and unloved.

Go to their website for more information:


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