Self Portrait Series. TWLOHA

TWLOHA – To Write Love On Her Arms is a non-profit organization I came across about ten years ago. Their mission is “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 always liked their image of writing the word love on the arm as a symbol for life.

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I have personally experienced or have been affected by someone who has experienced all of the above issues as many, many people have. One in five people experience a mental health issue. One is twenty five Americans live with a serious mental illness. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. (https://www.nami.org/nami/media/nami-media/infographics/generalmhfacts.pdf)

If you or someone you love is experiencing mental illness symptoms, get help right away. In the U.S., the Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.

(Photo taken with Sony A68, 1/100s, f/5, ISO1250)

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