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Thursday, November 13, 2008

To Write LOVE on Her Arms

To Write LOVE on Her Arms, originally uploaded by Bearded Jon.

From a former student of mine:

As someone who has struggled with depression and who has felt the effects of others struggling with depression, suicidal thoughts, self- injury, and addiction I feel very passionate about this cause. Depression and suicide have an impact on everyones life, whether it's through having depression, or knowing someone who suffers from the disease, or knowing someone who has committed suicide. It's such a simple thing to do. Its time to stand up and get the word out. It takes just thirty seconds to write four letters. I challenge you to stand up and speak out!

On November 13 write LOVE on your arm in big letters. Be creative spread the word. This is for all the survivors and all the innocent. All of the people who are hurting and who think that suicide is the only way they can turn.

I think some people are confused about what this is. All you have to do is literally write LOVE on your arm to show support. Maybe even donate money or time at your local suicide hotline. When someone asks... 'Why is that on your arm?' You can spread the word about depression and suicide. For some reason in our society, depression and suicide are still taboo topics that a lot of people want to keep quiet. But i think that everyone needs to start talking about it. Help is out there, and by keeping quiet we're only hurting the people who need the help. So speak up, and speak out.


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