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To Write Love on Her Arms

SocialVibe allows this blog sponsor To Write Love on Her Arms, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives and spreading love. I felt the needed to share what their mission is, and how they go about achieving it. And also how we can help. To Write Love on Her Arms is ‘dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.’ Before we get into the deep nitty gritties, on the side of the screen there is a cool little box with a guy playing guitar. After reading this click on that little box, do a couple of two-minute activities, and save some lives. Each activity is worth 9 minutes of suicide and depression counseling for a youth in need. Okay, now that you know where to go.

Here’s what To Write Love on Her Arms believes in and stands for (http://www.twloha.com/vision/):

“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.  My friend Byron is very smart – he says that life is hard for most people most of the time.  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.  Millions of people live with problems of pain.  Millions of homes are filled with questions – moments and seasons and cycles that come as thieves and aim to stay.  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, that God is still in the business of redemption.  We’re seeing it happen.  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 people putting down guns and blades and bottles.

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 the restoration of broken families and broken relationships.  The vision is people finding life, finding freedom, finding love.  The vision is graduation, a Super Bowl, a wedding, a child, a sunrise.  The vision is people becoming incredible parents, 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.”

This is majorly important, especially with the recent suicides of bullied teens. These types of resources are invaluable. Get inspired and help others feel loved. Share your love, helping only takes a few moments and a couple of mouse clicks. Isn’t a life worth that? Isn’t preventing someone from taking their own life or living their life full of pain worth that? Give a couple of minutes, give compassion and listening ear to someone who could really need it. If you would like to learn more about To Write Love on Her Arms visit http://www.twloha.com/index.php

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