The organization I researched is called To Write Love on Her Arms.
Who is this organization?
How long have they been in existence?
They started 10 years ago when Jamie Tworkowski tried to helped his friend Renee Yohe. Renee struggled with addiction, depression, suicide, and self-injury. After helping Renee get into rehab, Jamie decided to set up an organization to help people who were or knew others struggling with depression, addiction, suicide, and self-injury.
Where are they located?
Their headquarters are located in Melbourne, Florida.
Who started this organization?
Jamie Tworkowski started the organization in 2006.
How many people are involved in this organization?
There are only 12 people involved.
What issues does this organization strive to aid/help?
They try to help people struggling with depression, suicide, addiction, and self-injury.
Why is this issue important?
I think this issue is important because people could potentially end their lives but with the help of this organization they could get treatment and help so they could go on with theirs lives.
Why do we need to know more about this issue?
I think people should know about this because depression, self-injury, and suicide is starting to be seen in younger people now and I think it’s important to know the warning signs so you, a friend, or family member can go and get help.
Have they received any recognition or awards for their work?
On September 10th-17th people show their support for To Write Love on Her Arms by writing "love" on their arms. They also have a movie out about how the organization got started. In 2011, TWLOHA won the american giving award, which granted them 1 million dollars!
Have you learned any personal stories?
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With Organizations like TWLOHA, people like 2011 miss america can get help.
Facts about suicide, depression, addiction, and self-injury
121 million people worldwide suffer from depression, 18 million of these cases happening in the US. 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 and young adults. Each year only 10% of Americans who need alcohol and drug treatment get the help they need. 4% of the population struggles with self-injury. Every 40 seconds, someone in the world commits suicide. One in five Americans suffer from a mental illness.
More facts about depression, suicide, addiction, and self-injury
10 million Americans suffer from an eating disorder. 20% of people suffering from anorexia will die from their disorder. It is estimated that more than 1,100 US college students die by suicide each year. 1 in 12 have created a suicide plan. 90% of college students who die by suicide have a psychiatric disorder, and 60% of those have severe depression. 10% of college students have been diagnosed with depression disorder, the majority of which never receive treatment.
How can people help this organization?
You can help this organization by donating money, buying t-shirts, or buying books from this organization.