I know we are a music blog but today we want to raise awareness for mental health, an issue that touches everyone’s lives in one way or another. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. (46.6 million) experiences mental illness in a given year. With that stat, there is a high chance that some of our readers may suffer from one mental illness or another. We know that is not what defines you. We hope to create a community that is supportive of anyone who is suffering.
Another group that is trying to fight the mental health crisis is To Write Love on Her Arms. TWLOHA in a nonprofit started by Jamie Tworkowski. Jamie wanted to create an outlet to share his friend’s story and raise awareness for mental health. He began by documenting the five days he spent with his friend before she started getting treatment. After posting about his friend’s story, Jamie and his friends were being sent messages from others seeking to be free of depression and other mental illnesses and that got the ball rolling for TWLOHA to eventually becoming the large organization it is today. Creating a helpful community is still a driving force behind TWLOHA, just at a much larger scale.
“To Write Love on Her Arms is a nonprofit 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 invest directly into treatment and recovery,” TWLOHA says on their site. There are multiple ways to get involved with TWLOHA including volunteering and donations. They also participate in events across the country spanning from comedy shows to music festivals. Speaking of music festivals, they will be at some that we have written about previously, specifically Disrupt and Vans Warped Tour. They will also be at other festivals if you prefer other genres including Bonnaroo and Electric Forrest to just name a few more.
You should check out their site to learn even more ways you can get involved. Most importantly, if you are suffering from any mental illness, whether it is depression, post-traumatic stress disorder or any other mental illness, please seek help. Even if you do not see someone formally, at least talk to someone about it. If you don’t have anyone to talk to, talk to us.
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