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Send Silence Packing

Send Silence Packing

Active Minds is raising awareness about student suicide with it’s visual display called “Send Silence Packing.”  After winning the Pepsi Refresh Everything Competition this past February, Active Minds decided to use their $50,000 grant to support the first road tour of Send Silence Packing to Universities across 10 states.

The tour began April 2nd in  Harrisburg Virginia at James Madison University, and this past Monday 3/4 of the way through their tour, they pulled in to the University of Minnesota and set up their display of over 1,000 backpacks on the Coffman Union lawn. The reaction at first is one that people share at every campus display, shock and disbelief.  “1,100 is just a number, but seeing them all laid out really shows the power.” stated Linda Fehrman, a mother who’s son Joel committed suicide and who shared their story at the St. Louis campus display.  “This really changed how I see things. I have been affected by friends and family committing suicide and this has helped me realize by not talking about it, isn’t the best thing to do.”

Suicide claims more than 1,100 college age students lives each year. Active Minds launched this aggressive campaign to raise awareness about mental health, depression and suicide on college campus’s  across the United States in hope that it will start people talking, and erase the stigma associated with mental health issues. Each of the 1,100 backpacks represents one of the 1,100 students that has taken their life and Active Minds has attached the personal story of loved ones to help put a “face” to lives lost to suicide.

Today the Send Silence Packing team is on it’s way to Marquette University in Milwaukee Wisconsin to set up the display for tomorrow, Wednesday April 28th.  With only 3 cities left on the first tour, we can only hope that their message of preventing suicide not being about the statistics but about saving the lives of students, sons, brothers, daughters, sisters and friends across the nation, is one that resonates.

Recognizing the signs of someone with a mental health disorder can help to save the life of a friend or family member. Click here for the 12 signs you might notice in yourself or a friend that might be reason for concern.

TWLOHA Wins USA Today Contest!

TWLOHA Wins USA Today Contest!

USA TODAY announces results of Twitter Hashtag campaign for charity
#AmericaWants To Write Love on Her Arms To Get A Full-Page Ad in USA TODAY


McLean, Va. and Cocoa, Fla. (April 20, 2010) — USA TODAY, the nation’s top-selling print newspaper, announces the results of the #AmericaWants Twitter hashtag campaign for charity. With the most tweets of support, To Write Love on Her Arms will receive a full-page, full-color ad in USA TODAY, valued at $189,400!

YaY!  This will bring a LOT more attention to the suicide prevention cause!

I know for me it was hard to vote for just one cause when there are so many worthwhile organizations doing fantastic work out there … but the TWLOHA cause is one I support with all of my heart.

Thank you to all our members and readers for helping to promote TWLOHA and making this possible!

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-02-11

  • 7am Phoenix Galdonaldo on stage @ The Mill #TWLOHA 1-800-suicide benefit for launch of IMALIVE! #SL #SecondLife #
  • We would like to invite @jamietworkowski in to the Virtual World Secondlife on friday 2/12 -having a benefit for IMAlive & TWLOHA #
  • Benefit for #TWLOHA #1-800-Suicide #IMAlive in #SL #Secondlife B4 V-Day FRI 2/12 Live music7am-7pm pst @jamietworkowski @twloha plz retweet #

Friday 2/12 is TWLOHA Day!

To celebrate TWLOHA Day with PSWLY … why not download SecondLife and come to our benefit featuring 12 excellent LIVE performances at The Mill on Muse Isle !  From 7am to 7pm pst we will be celebrating TWLOHA & 1-800-suicides upcoming spring launch of IMAlive the first Online Support Network in the world!

We have quite a line up of performers through out the day – so come and show your support and dance the day away!

It’s a New Year

If I made New Year’s resolutions, which I personally never do, I would vow to be healthier and happier and pay closer attention to my spiritual side. A New Year and a new start , who couldn’t use one of those? I do believe this site could use a little inspiration and sprucing up too, so I apologize in advance if it looks a bit haphazard while I piddle around with it.

To start off the new year, Saturday, January 9th at 8pm To Write Love on Her Arms is holding an evening of songs, conversation and hope called Heavy & Light, at the Orlando House of Blues in Orlando Florida.


This is the 3rd annual Heavy & Light and it promises to be an exciting evening of music with Mat Kearney, Aaron Gillespie of  Underoath and The Almost, Zach Williams , a reading by Anis Mojgani and much much more.

Songs, Conversation and Hope.  There will be so much hope and so much promise .  Here is a link so you can see some highlights of Heavy & Light 2009.

Jamie Tworkowski wrote on the TWLOHA blog on Christmas Eve…

“Wherever you’re at tonight, however heavy or light the night is, whatever scene it finds you living – please know that you matter very much. Please know that you are something priceless, something beautiful and entirely unique. There is hope for you. There is hope for all of us. 2010 has never happened before and the same is true about tomorrow.”

That about sums it all up.

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-12-31

Light A Candle


Tonight at 8pm people from around the world are invited to light a candle near a window in remembrance of a loved one that has taken their life or for the survivors of suicide.

I will be lighting one candle for Shelby, and 100 others remembering all the lost souls that have taken their lives because they couldn’t see another way.

For Shelby’s girls ~ I light candles for you, and hope that you know how very much you are loved.

PS ~ We Love You

National Suicide Prevention Week Sept 6th – 12th

35th Annual National Suicide Prevention Week has started.

Suicide is a leading cause of death for people worldwide, and one of the three leading causes of death for young people under 25. Every year, approximately one million people die by suicide – one death every two minutes. The World Health Organization estimates that by the year 2020, this annual toll of suicide deaths will have risen to one and half million.

According to the Washington State Department of Health, in the state of Washington, suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people aged 15 to 24.

The Youth Suicide Prevention program in Washington states that, most suicidal young people don’t really want to die, they just want their pain to end.  About 80 percent of the time, people who kill themselves have given definite signals or talked about suicide.  The key to prevention is to know these signs and what to do to help.

Death, even when expected, is hard for anyone to deal with, but a suicidal death is often more difficult for friends, family, and loved ones to understand. Often there are warning signs, in the form of depression or a mental illness, and other times suicide seems to strike seemingly out of nowhere.

This week it is important to get the word out and fight the stigma associated with depression and mental illness. Depression is a serious medical condition, it’s not something that you have made up in your head. It’s more than just feeling “down in the dumps” or “blue” for a few days. It’s feeling “down” and “low” and “hopeless” for weeks at a time.

Watch the video of Pete Wentz the talented song writer and Bass player of Fall Out Boy talk about his issues with depression and suicidal thoughts on

Remember to reach out and share your thoughts and feelings with friends, counselors, role models and parents this week to help raise awareness and save lives!

Project 2996

WTC Lights

I think when I started my first blog, the first post was whining about my ex husband. Nothing note worthy or exceptional, or even remotely interesting.

It didn’t take me long however to discover there were thousands of wonderful people out there that really made a difference blogging about relevant issues and making themselves heard.  When I heard about a tribute to the victims of September 11th, I felt compelled to be a part of it.

Project 2,996 is a tribute to the victims of 9/11, started by D. Challener Roe.

On September 11, 2006, more than 3,000 bloggers joined together to remember the victims of 9/11.

Each year bloggers have honored them by remembering their lives, and not by remembering their murderers.

If you would like to help out by pledging to post a tribute on your own blog on 9/11  this year, please click this link to Project 2996 and sign up to honor one of the victims.

Sadly this year only 687 of the 2996 names have been assigned to bloggers for their tributes to be written.

Can you please help?

Warped Tour 2009

The Warped Tour comes to Sacramento today to the Sleep Train Ampitheatre.  Our favorite bands like …  All Time Low, Breathe Carolina, The Maine, Sing it Loud, Every Avenue, There for Tomorrow and 3OH!3 all take the stage today starting at 11:00 a.m.

While I sit home in the office building our website and  doing the hard work (poor me, it sucks to be old )  Madison and her brother Matthew are in Sacramento headed towards the Ampitheatre to hang with their friends and watch their favorite bands rock Sacramento!

Don’t forget to stop by TWLOHA’s booth and show your support!


PS~We Love You joins IMAlive

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Half Of Us


Raising awareness about teen suicide