TWLOHA week discusses depression in some youth groups

Elka Wyatt, Reporter

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The Beale Memorial Library on Truxtun Avenue will be hosting a special presentation of the film “To Write Love on Her Arms” on May 15 at 5 p.m. which is free to the public.

The film, formerly called “Day One”, is a true story that inspired a global movement to bring awareness of the reality of drug addiction, depression, self-injury and suicide among our youth.

Starring Kat Dennings, Chad Michael Murray, Corbin Bleu and Rupert Friend, the film chronicles the life of 19 year-old Renee Yohe, who battles with drug addiction, manic depression and self-harm, along with other issues in her life five days before she enters treatment.

The non-profit organization of the same name was organized in 2006 in Melbourne, Florida. It helps connect people to treatment centers, websites, books, support groups and other resources that may help those who are afflicted with these problems. Jamie Tworkowski, who also wrote the story of Yohe, founded TWLOHA, the organization’s acronym.

Celebrities and bands such as Miley Cyrus, Joaquin Phoenix and Switchfoot have been instrumental in bringing the organization and movement to prominence through endorsements.

Other ways the organization gains notice is through social media, merchandise and information booths at concerts, festivals, schools, and universities.

With slogans like “Love is the Movement,” “Rescue is Possible,” “Hope is Real, Help is Real,” and “Stop the Bleeding,” TWLOHA aims to give hope to those who are suffering.

Supporters consider September 10-17 “TWLOHA Week” with many of them writing the word “Love” on their arms and share stories of hope. In some regions though, November 13 is the day it is observed.

Anyone who would like more information can go to www.twloha.com.

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