Did you know that one in five teens experiences depression? And that suicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents? And that 14 to 24 percent of young adults have self-injured themselves at least once? These are some unsettling statistics. But you can make a difference.
High school is a challenging time of life no matter who you are and what you’re experiencing, but we can work to make it that much better for everyone with To Write Love on Her Arms’ Storytellers campaign. This two-month project has high school students—at schools all over the world—working together with an advisor to create awareness about mental health issues and raise money for the non-profit organization To Write Love on Her Arms (its goals are to provide help for those suffering from mental health, self-injury, and addiction).
To raise awareness, The Storytellers host two community events or activities that challenge the mental health stigma. To raise money, Storytellers sell TWLOHA “The Storytellers” bracelets. Participating high schools are given a package from TWLOHA to get started; it includes ideas, suggestions, directions, and more.
Sound like something you’re interested in doing? Once you’ve found a faculty member willing to advise your team, you can fill out the online application here and start the process of becoming a Storyteller. Check out the FAQ for more information on the program. This is a really great way for youths like you to make a difference! Start a conversation. Minimize the stigma. Everyone deserves to feel safe and loved in their own environment.
Want to know more about To Write Love on Her Arms? Read our interview with Chad Moses, on the organization’s music/events team, here.
TWLOHA has a special high school students program called The Storytellers. Learn more about that here.