Founder of "To Write Love on Her Arms" gives presentation to raise awareness of the effects of addiction

Jamie Tworkowski founded the non-profit agency to help a friend struggling with depression | March 29, 2012

Xavier’s Student Activities Council spring campus lecture, "To Write Love on Her Arms: An Evening with Jamie Tworkowski,” takes place on Tuesday, April 3, at 7:00 p.m. in the Cintas Center banquet room. The event is free and open to the public

Jamie Tworkowski is the founder of To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA), a non-profit organization dedicated to offering hope and finding help for those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. The non-profit began in 2006 when Tworkowski posted a blog on MySpace and began selling T-shirts as a way to pay for a friend's treatment. The group has the largest online audience of any non-profit on MySpace and Facebook, with over 700,000 followers.

The non-profit group has responded to more than 160,000 messages from more than 100 countries and has invested $850,000 directly in treatment and recovery.

Tworkowski has been interviewed by NBC Nightly News, CNN, MTV, Rolling Stone and SPIN Magazine. A film based on the story of Renee Yohe, Tworkowski’s friend who inspired his work, is set for release this year. The movie chronicles Yohe’s journey from addiction to redemption and the assistance Tworkowski and his group provided. Tworkowski brings a message of hope and community to audiences at universities and concerts throughout the U.S. and as far away as Australia and the United Kingdom.

For more information, visit the Student Activities Council website.