TWLOHA (To Write Love On Her Arms) is a Florida-based charity and activist group aimed at preventing and helping with suicide and depression. Founded in 2006 by Jamie Tworkowski, the group has grown at an astonishing rate. With a simple belief that everyone should love and be loved in return, TWLOHA has helped millions of people, mostly troubled teens, find a better way of expressing pain than suicide or self-mutilation. Their aim is to encourage, inform, inspire and invest in rising above addiction, depression, hate and self loathing. This simple message of love is quite simply one of the most effective anti-suicide methods ever created.
In 2006, the rock band Switchfoot went on tour in support of TWLOHA. The action was inspired by lead singer John Foreman taking an interest in the group and deciding he wanted to play his part. Switchfoot toured for several months in partnership with TWLOHA and donated $1 of every ticket sold to the organization, as well as spreading the message of love at each concert.
Tworkowski went on tour with the band and spoke every night of the show in an effort to move the thousands of people who showed up for the concerts. The results were simply amazing, as hundreds of people flocked to TWLOHA’s website to tell how they were so moved and that they wanted to change. The combination of love and music is simply so great that it lifts us above the pain of our normal, everyday lives. After being on such a high of not caring about anything but the moment and knowing you are loved, how would you ever want to come back down? That, I believe, was the purpose of the tour, and I think it was one of the most successful yet.
While Switchfoot is well-known for doing charity tours, I think the pure scope of doing a tour just for an organization and taking a public speaker along and letting him speak at each show is simply amazing. The results were out-of-this-world, and I find myself so grateful that, in this world of death and pain, the people who make our music actually do care. The power of music changes things. I am so happy that a simple musician saw this and, instead of using it to make money for himself and his friends, he took that knowledge and used it to reach out and help thousands of teenagers and concert-goers.