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 also to invest directly into treatment and recovery and was founded by Jamie Tworkowski in 2006.
Jamie Tworkowski of TWLOHA has been nominated for a 2009 mtvU Woodie Award. He is nominated for the “Good Woodie,” an award for the artists whose commitment to a social cause has affected the greatest change this year. The Sixth Annual Awards Show Will Air On mtvU, MTV, MTV2 and Palladia on Friday, December 4 at 10pm ET.
To vote for Jamie for the MTVU Good Woodie, please visit: http://www.mtv.com/ontv/woodieawards/2009/good-woodie/. Voting is live now and runs through November 16.
When Jamie heard about the amazing news, he had this to say,
“I found out about this last night, followed a link on Twitter and spent the rest of the night smiling. It’s obviously a huge surprise and super exciting. Part of it is simply this wonderful shock and then the more I think about it, the more I realize that it points to the power of our audience. TWLOHA started in 2006 as a very simple thing – a few of us trying to help a friend and tell a story. Over the last three years, we’ve seen the power of passion – we’ve seen what happens when people lend their voice to something they believe in. So I’m here on behalf of that, on behalf of the thousands of people from all over the world who have said that these issues matter, that we need to talk about our pain and our questions. I’m here on behalf of families that have lost loved ones to addiction and suicide and I’m here on behalf of people who are still in the midst of those struggles.
I’d be lying if I said I don’t care who wins. The truth is that I believe we have something to say, I believe in our message of hope and help and community, I believe that people need other people. It would be something special to be given a moment to say those things at the Woodie Awards next month.”
To see Jamie talk more about the importance of people spreading the word and how music plays such an important part in this cause, please go to: http://www.halfofus.com/video/?videoID=65&chapterID=1
In February 2006, Tworkowski wrote a story, a glimpse into a friend’s life and her first steps to recovery from drug addiction, self-injury, and depression. The story, titled To Write Love On Her Arms, along with the t-shirts Tworkowski printed to help pay for his friend’s recovery, started a movement, not only within his local Orlando, FL community, but one that was swiftly embraced by people everywhere. Many bands (Paramore, Thrice, Anberlin, Switchfoot, Bayside, The Almost) quickly picked up the message, informed their fans, and started finding new ways to donate to the cause and help out.
Since 2006, the TWLOHA team has responded to 100,000 messages and emails from people in need. These messages have come in from more than 100 countries and TWLOHA has also been able to donate $600,000 directly to treatment and recovery. The TWLOHA website and Jamie’s blogs have become a source of hope and encouragement for young people all over the world.
– Press Release