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TWLOHA - The Storytellers High School Campaign
Transcript of TWLOHA - The Storytellers High School Campaign
High School Campaign
-To Write Love
On Her Arms-
What are the issues?
121 million people in the world suffer from depression & untreated depression is the leading cause of suicide.
2/3 of people suffering from depression never seek treatment.
17-40% of college students admit to engaging in self-injury.
(Statistics compiled from WHO, CDC, AFSP, NMHI, and NVDRS.)
An organization called To Write Love On Her Arms exists to combat these problems and find hope, treatment, and healing for those struggling.
*A Word from Jamie Tworkowski, the founder of TWLOHA:
15-30% of high school studets admit to engaging in self-injury.
24% of the general population has considered suicide at some time in his or her life.
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among American, college-aged students.
Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among adolescents.
After starting the Storytellers Campaign, Jane & I had the opportunity to hear Jamie speak on behalf of TWLOHA at Northern Michigan University.
To raise awareness & funds, we held bake sales at school.
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We spoke at our youth group and to the Health Occupations and Careers In Education classes at the ISD. In the next few weeks, we will be speaking to the socoliogy and 8th and 9th grade classes at Escanaba High School.
We sold bracelets at a basketball game, school, and in the community.
On March 30th, we will be holding a movie night. We will watch a movie called To Save A Life.
Afterwards, we will discuss issues presented in the movie, such as suicide, depression and self-harm. Information on resources such as local counselors and social services will be provided and available to everyone in attendance.
Here's a sneak peak!
For more information about the movie night, feel free to talk to
us about it!
The impact of our project:
Since begining the Storytellers Campaignon on February 15th, we have raised over $250 for TWLOHA, which will be invested into treatment centers and counseling scholarships.
In closing, we would like to take time to remind you that hope, help and healing are real. Your story is important and matters very much.
We also created a book for people to share their personal stories about their experiences with the issues TWLOHA focuses on. The book serves as a tool for people to express themselves and let others know that they are not alone in the struggles they face.
"You came into this world with a voice—a voice to laugh, to cry, to scream, to sing, to tell the world what matters. You have a voice that deserves to be heard."