Monday, June 27, 2011

Musing Monday #8 ~ TWLOHA

Musing Monday is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading and here's our question for today:

Have you ever read a book that inspired you to take up a cause? What book was it, and what is/was the cause?

I'm not sure if the book or the cause came first, but I will say YES. The book is Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and the cause is To Write Love On Her Arms. For those who are unfamiliar with one or both, I will give a brief description of them. Thirteen Reasons Why is the story of Hannah Baker and the 13 reasons why she decided to commit suicide. It's an intense series of events that cause you to understand what is going on in the mind of somebody who can't handle life anymore. She sends these tapes chronicling these reasons to everyone who was involved in leading to her to that point. Taken from the TWLOHA's website, their vision: To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. It breaks my heart to hear of people who can't handle life anymore. These people in living in their pain every day need hope. Hope is Real. Help is Real. Your story is important. This is what they tell everyone. I believe that they helped a lot of people, and they continue to help a lot of people.

For more information on Thirteen Reasons Why and To Write Love On Her Arms:



  1. Wonderful cause. Haven't read the book yet, but I've heard so many good things about it.

    Here's mine:

  2. Wow! I've seen this book around but never read the blurb before. I'm going to add it to my TBR list!

    I've never known anyone who committed suicide, but my husband does, so I know how devastating it can be for the loved ones they leave behind.

  3. my gosh, that is a very powerful cause.

  4. I entered a contest to win 13 Reasons Why.
    And when I saw TWLOHA on your post I got SO excited! I convinced my sorority to do a fundraiser for their charity, and we've made it a yearly event. I actually learned about it at a concert, bought the shirt, read the story, cried and I've been supporting them ever since.
    Its such a worthy cause and I'm so glad to see someone else putting it out there!

  5. It is a great cause. Depression and suicide get overlooked so easily since a lot of people still don't believe that mental illnesses are just as much of a sickness as diabetes. I don't know of anyone personally that has committed suicide, but I have a friend that checked herself into the hospital because she was afraid she was going to. I was there when she had the breakdown, and it was scary.

    I'm happy to see that others support it too! <3

  6. Wow, what a worthy cause. I enjoyed the book, too, thanks for drawing my attention to this.


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