121 million people in the world suffer from depression, with 18 million right here in the U.S.
Two-thirds of depression sufferers never seek treatment, and untreated depression is the #1 cause of suicide.
Yesterday evening, i was able to attend a music/speaking event by a non-profit organization called To Write Love On Her Arms. This organization is dedicated to helping those struggling with depression, suicide, addiction and self-injury. I found out about this organization a few years ago when i kept seeing t-shirts being worn and then finally found information online about the group. Ryan O’Neal of Sleeping At Last opened with some lovely music. Then the founder, Jamie Tworkowski, spoke about how the organization came about and how much it’s helped thousands of people. The basic message is that you are loved, and all you have to do is reach out for help if you need it. There are so many resources available to use, such as hotlines, internet, counselors in your area – use them. Many people discount these issues as a “phase” or saying that a person just wants attention. But in reality, it’s a serious, real issue. If 18 million people right here in this country isn’t enough proof, just think for a minute about everyone you know – a family member, a friend, a co-worker, an aquaintence. Chances are one of those people has suffered at some point from one of these issues, or maybe even yourself. This isn’t to bring out the negative of the situation or bring this post to a dark place, but just to let you know that it’s real. It exists. But so does help. I, personally, can think of several people in my life that have either struggled with or been affected with all four of these issues. I have even suffered from some form of depression at times in my life. I know it’s not easy and that’s why i’m so interested in this organization. Because even if you feel like you’re so alone, you’re not. And there are people that can help. Check out the TWLOHA website for the story, events, how you can help, merchandise and most importantly – resources on how to get help. You’ll be glad you did.
(Jamie and I – he and Ryan are super nice people!)