For some, Valentine’s Day is full of hearts and giggles and flowers and all of that other stuff that is especially annoying to us single people, but for others, December through February marks months of depression, loneliness, and an increase in suicides.
Depression is not just for single people. It does not discriminate against race, sex, gender, or social status. There are approximately 121 million people suffering from depression worldwide, trying to take away the hurt with drugs, alcohol, eating disorders, and self-injury. Although these self-destructive acts seem to temporarily release the pain, they often lead to more serious problems, and a deeper sense of emptiness.
To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHR) is a nonprofit movement dedicated to “presenting hope and finding help for those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.” They exist to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.
Today through tomorrow To Write Love on Her Arms is encouraging everyone around the world to write the word “love” on their arms with marker (or whatever) as part of the Love is The Movement campaign. The campaign is designed to promote depression awareness and to get the word out about TWLOHR.
Tomorrow is Valentines Day, and whether you have a sweetie or not, don’t forget to go out of your way to show love to someone. Love has the power to heal, you just might save someone’s life.