Resources: TWLOHA – help and hope

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My first ‘People and Organisations’ resource is

 To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA).

From their website:

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.

I am not as familiar with TWLOHA as I am with some of the resources I’ll list in these pages, having only encountered them a couple years ago, and only really started paying attention about a year ago, but I respect what they do enormously, and I’ve also come to respect how they do it.

They are able to extend far beyond where I am at on the Your-Life-Matters-More-Than-My-Comfort-Zone scale, and they are making a difference in – and saving – lives because of it.

I am adding TWLOHA because I believe in what they are doing, but also because people from every walk of life, and in every stage of life, may stumble across this blog, and if you happen to be someone who needs some hope, needs some help, today, I want to make sure that you have access to a resource that may be able to provide it.

Main Website to learn about TWLOHA: https://twloha.com

Resource page, to find local help, by state: https://twloha.com/find-help/local-resources/

Resource Page to find help based on the problem for which you need help: https://twloha.com/find-help/help-by-topic/

Please note that they also have a section specific to Veterans on the topic page.

You can also find the numbers for local and national, 24 hour, free helplines on all the local pages.

Resources / Further Reading: I Am Second

Most of the resources I write about are things I have a long history with, but I Am Second is a newer one on me.

I’m adding them in though, because they bring me a lot of encouragement with various Facebook posts, some of their videos, and just their approach to life.

From their website:

I am Second is a movement meant to inspire people of all kinds to live for God and for others. Actors. Athletes. Musicians. Business leaders. Drug addicts. Your next-door neighbor. People like you.

The authentic stories on iamsecond.com provide insight into dealing with typical struggles of everyday living. These are stories that give hope to the lonely and the hurting, help from destructive lifestyles, and inspiration to the unfulfilled. You’ll discover people who’ve tried to go it alone and have failed.

Find the hope, peace, and fulfillment they found. Be Second.

But perhaps the may favourite part of that page is the bit that comes next:

You are here for a reason. We all have needs and could use some help. Talk to us. Call, chat, or email. 24 hours a day.

I just love the link between ‘you have purpose’ and ‘sometimes we all need some help’.

When I first started to see the I Am Second films, they were all by celebrities, and while that was fine, I wasn’t all that interested in a big Hollywood praise-a-thon. I did note, however, that they did a remarkable job of pointing to what really matters.

After awhile I got curious enough to check out the site, and I was really impressed by the non-celebrity videos, and by the authenticity in ALL the videos.

I love that most of the posts I see these days are people sending in their photos, or even their stories. I realise that anything runs the risk of becoming just another fad, but I hope that this movement will manage to stay focused.

Stay tuned, and check them out!

Intro

Life Questions – sort of an FAQ

The Films –  All the films are just a chair, and one or more people talking about their experiences.

The Topics – They cover quite a range! From abortion to contentment, affluence to prison, war to life purpose.

 

 

Be well.