For those who don’t know, TWLOHA (To Write Love on Her Arms) is a non-profit organization that provides hope and help for those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.

You may have noticed a large number of bands wearing and sporting TWLOHA apparel; bands like: Forever the Sickest Kids, The Rocket Summer, The Almost, Jimmy Eat World, Meg and Dia, and about 30 other bands.

TWLOHA began as an attempt to help a friend in the Spring of 2006 by telling a story. The story’s title “To Write Love on Her Arms” represented the goal that a better life is possible. They began selling t-shirts to raise money and created a myspace page to be their hub.

After awhile, they began hearing from people who wanted help, or asking what they could do to help their friends. The starters of TWLOHA realized that they had stumbled upon something bigger then they could have imagined. People needed to be able to have these conversations about suicide and depression.

From their website: “Over the last two and a half years, we’ve responded to 80,000 messages from people in 40 different countries. We’ve had the opportunity to bring this conversation, and a message of hope and help, to concerts, universities, festivals and churches.  We’ve learned that these are not American issues, not white issues or “emo” issues.  These are issues of humanity, problems of pain that affect millions of people around the world.”

Here are the Facts:

-121 million people worldwide suffer from depression. (The World Health Organization)

-18 million of these cases are happening in the United States. (The National Institute of Mental Health)

-Depression often co-occurs with anxiety disorders and substance abuse, with 30 percent of teens with depression also developing a substance abuse problem.   (NIMH)

-2/3 of those suffering from depression never seek treatment.

-Mental health disorders (particularly depression and substance abuse) are associated with more than 90% of all cases of suicide.

– 1 million people die from suicide each year, that’s one death every 40 seconds. (The World Health Organization)

Want to help out? You can send in a donation through mail or PayPal online (you can even donate in remembrance or in honor of someone), buy any of the TWLOHA apparel, or host a benefit/fundraiser in your community. To find out even more ways to get involved, visit their site.