We’ll see you tomorrow

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Yesterday marked the start of National Suicide Prevention Week, and Thursday, Sept. 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day.

Mental health is something people don’t always like to talk about, so let’s start the conversation by talking about one of my favorite organizations: TWLOHA.

To Write Love on Her Arms is a non profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and invest directly into treatment and recovery.

This year, TWLOHA’s campaign for National Suicide Prevention Week, or NSPW, is called “We’ll See You Tomorrow.” Last year’s campaign was “No One Else Can Play Your Part,” and the year before was “You Cannot Be Replaced.” Each year’s message brings hope for those struggling and a conversation starter for the stigma fighters. The inspiration for this year’s movement came from a blog post written during NSPW 2014 by TWLOHA founder Jamie Tworkowski:

Above all else, we choose to stay. We choose to fight the darkness and the sadness, to fight the questions and the lies and the myth of all that’s missing. We choose to stay, because we are stories still going. Because there is still some time for things to turn around, time for surprises and for change. We stay because no one else can play our part.

Life is worth living.

We’ll see you tomorrow.

TWLOHA We'll See You TomorrowSo this week especially, TWLOHA is asking people to think about tomorrow.

We have all known joy, but we have also known pain. It can be so easy to feel stuck in the moments we feel stressed, lost or alone. It can be so easy to feel stuck in today. However, it is my belief that our best days are ahead, and tomorrow brings the chance to be surprised.

I believe that community is essential, and it’s possible for things to change. I believe that love can be our rescue. TWLOHA has been a foundation for these beliefs because they weren’t afraid to talk about the moments when we feel stuck.

My friends and family are my community, and I’m loved by them more than I’ll probably ever understand. Take this chance to remind someone that you love them, and that you are happy they’re alive. Sometimes, all it takes is a smile to change someone’s tomorrow.

TWLOHA mantra

This year, TWLOHA has a fundraising goal of $75,000 — all of which will go directly to treatment and recovery for those struggling. If you’d like to make a donation, follow this link.

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