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So, I was going to write one big piece for this week as suicide prevention day is coming up, but it just made me sad, depressed and frankly, I entered a dark place. I decided instead to provide links to info I think the world should read and give the little extra that I feel should be stressed on. Addiction, Depression, Self Harm and Suicide are topics that truly matter to me, right up there with abuse. I consider addiction, self harm and suicide to be abuse, not only of oneself, but of the people around you. They do far more harm than we expect, scarring the lives of millions of people each year.
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I want to introduce you guys to TWLOHA (To Write Love on Her Arms). It’s a movement dedicated to the above. TWLOHA has been raising awareness about addiction, depression, self harm and suicide since 2006. They link people to hotlines and rehab centres close by and they offer real life stories from real life victims. TWLOHA is all about showing people that they are not alone, that they are loved, and that life is so worth living right. Feel free to visit their site and read their blog. The only problem I have with TWLOHA is that it’s transitioned from a movement into a fad. Everyone is writing love, but not everyone knows why. I think we should all know the reasons why we do what we do. I missed TWLOHA day this year (was in febuary), I think the decision was made to randomise it so it’s not treated like christmas, where people think about it only at that time of the year.
For those of you out there who are feeling lost and all alone, who think constantly of suicide, who hurt yourselves: remember, don’t pick up that razor, don’t slice up that wrist. Instead, write “Love” on your arms.
I write love on my arms. Hopefully, you will too…..