The nonprofit To Write Love on Her Arms has shared a moving new video as part of its “#IWasMadeFor” campaign to honor World Suicide Prevention Day (9/10) and National Suicide Prevention Week (9/10 – 9/16). The video features NBA player Kyle Korver, US Women’s National Soccer Team stars Alex Morgan, Christen Press, and Ashlyn Harris, actress Shantel VanSanten, Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman, Dustin Kensrue of Thrice, actress and singer Debby Ryan, The Ready Set’s Jordan Witzrigreuter, and Jess Bowen of The Summer Set, along with a number of clips submitted by TWLOHA supporters from around the world. The video was filmed and directed by Dustin Miller, a Florida-based filmmaker and longtime TWLOHA collaborator. To watch the video and learn more about World Suicide Prevention Day, please visit:twloha.com/iwasmadefor.
On the video, TWLOHA founder Jamie Tworkowski shares: “We’ve learned that 800,000 people die by suicide worldwide every single year. That’s one person every 40 seconds. Our goal with this video and this campaign is to see those numbers change, to see people get help and stay alive.”
The theme for this year’s campaign – “Stay. Find what you are made for” – was inspired by a book called “When Hope Speaks,” written by Jessica Morris, a former TWLOHA intern. With the hope of encouraging people to continue living, Jessica wrote:
“Fight for these moments. Please stay.
Stay and discover these new lands. These new people. The hidden gems you didn’t even know existed. Stay and find out what you were made for. You are not a failure. You are not irreparably broken. Step forward now, crawl if you must, into a grace that shines light into the shadows of your soul. You are safe here. In fact, this is home.”
“The most important thing we can do as an organization is give people a reason to stay, to move from despair to hope, and to connect them to the resources they need and deserve,” says CFO Lindsay Kolsch. “We hope this campaign will do that for the millions of people struggling with thoughts of suicide.”
People can participate in this year’s campaign by purchasing the organization’s World Suicide Prevention Day pack, joining the conversation on Twitter and Instagram using #IWasMadeFor, and donating to the fundraising campaign. TWLOHA will directly invest every dollar from the “#IWasMadeFor” campaign into treatment and recovery.
To Write Love on Her Arms is a nonprofit 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. Since its start in 2006, TWLOHA has donated over $1.8 million directly into treatment and recovery and answered over 200,000 emails from over 100 countries.
For more information on To Write Love on Her Arms, please visit: www.twloha.com