Jamie Tworkowski, founder of To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA), a non-profit organization which aims to present hope for people struggling with self-injury, suicide, depression and addiction, will speak at Monmouth College on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Dahl Chapel and Auditorium.
Founded in 2006 and based in Cocoa, Fla., TWLOHA seeks to connect sufferers to treatment centers, Web sites, books, support groups and other resources. The organization encourages them to have honest conversations about conditions, to live in community, and to seek help.
The seeds of TWLOHA were sown by a story written by Tworkowski about 19-year-old Renee Yohe, who struggled with addiction, depression, self-injury and attempted suicide. His story chronicled Yohe’s life five days before she entered treatment.
The organization’s initial exposure came from musicians and bands wearing TWLOHA’s distinctive T-shirts in photographs and performances. It has recently gained additional public awareness through merchandise and social networking. Mainstream media has also taken notice, as the organization was featured in 2008 on the NBC Nightly News segment “Making a Difference.”
In late 2009, Rolling Stone magazine featured an article about TWLOHA, while Tworkowski received mtvU’s Good Woodie Award, given to artists whose commitment to a social cause has affected the greatest change during the year.