'To Write Love on Her Arms' founder to speak at Penn State Behrend

ERIE, Pa. -- For Jamie Tworkowski, it started with a story.

In 2006, Tworkowski wrote, “To Write Love on Her Arms,” a story about a friend struggling with depression, addiction and self- injury. The story resonated with others; a MySpace page was created to give the story a home, and t-shirts were sold to pay for the friend’s treatment.

Fast forward eight years, and the story has now grown into one of the largest non-profit organizations in the country.

Tworkowski, founder of To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA), will discuss the non-profit and its mission when he kicks off the 2014-15 Speaker Series at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, on Monday, Nov. 17. The program, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in the McGarvey Commons of the college’s Reed Union Building, is free and open to the public.

TWLOHA is dedicated to finding help for those who struggle with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicidal thoughts. The organization seeks to encourage, inform and inspire those in this position, so they are aware that help is available.

TWLOHA has one of the largest online audiences of all non-profits. Its Facebook page has more than 1.4 million likes, and its Twitter page has more than 279,000 followers.

Tworkowski’s appearance at Penn State Behrend is made possible by the college’s Student Activity Fee, the Division of Student Affairs and the Harriet Behrend Ninow Memorial Lecture Series Fund. For additional information, contact the Office of Student Activities at 814-898-6171.

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Last Updated January 09, 2015