Life can just suck sometimes. We're talking about those times we could go for some extra love, understanding and benefit of the doubt. It's easy to judge one another, but pretty often we should really be thinking a little less and feeling a little more.
On Oct. 8 at 11:30 a.m., you can visit Salt Lake Community College for a conversation on how judgement can affect others. To Write Love on Her Arms, a nonprofit helping those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicidal thoughts will be in the Student Event Center.
The movement, named after a story by Jamie Tworkowski, is about being able to share stories and relate to them. It focuses on self-injury as a "struggle for identity rather than a symbol of profanity," says Chad Moses, speaker for the upcoming event and TWLOHA volunteer. "Our goal is to eliminate the stigma of 'What are people going to think of me?' by providing an open perspective."
Chad Moses has been a staff member for TWLOHA for over five years. He shares his own history of struggle as a way to connect with those who are currently struggling. “We're not fighting depression, addiction or suicide. We're fighting what causes them—we're fighting silence,” he says. And it hasn't been easy for Moses to give all of himself to the needs of others, but for him, it's worth it. He says, "I'm grateful for the daily reminder that I'm here to make a difference in someone else's life. Even if it's just for one person."
The event is free and for all ages. "There's a strong push and pull from younger people because they're often the ones who find it easier to ask for help. However, depression doesn't care how old you are and we encourage every age to attend," Moses says. Even if you personally aren't struggling with these problems, maybe you know someone who is and can learn how to better help them by participating.
Moses says TWLOHA does not provide all of the answers, but it opens doors. The organization offers financial support to many, and its members help by providing access to reliable sources. And it doesn't end after one session. "Our number one fear is that our conversation would die after the event," Moses says. He adds that the strength and growth of the conversation will depend on the guests there.
For more info, visit twloha.com. Salt Lake Community College's Student Event Center is located on the Taylorsville Redwood Campus.