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Message of "To Write Love On Her Arms" comes to ESU

Love and help was the theme of the Nov. 6 session with Jamie Tworkowski at Emporia State University's Albert Taylor Hall. "To Write Love On Her Arms" is the non-profit group dedicated to seeking treatment and counseling for depression, which Tworkowski founded almost by accident in 2006.

He, along with "Twilight" actress Julia Jones, spoke to a crowd of almost 500 people about TWLOHA's story, and the stories of others sharing the same feelings of loneliness and depression.

Junior secondary education major Sadie Pile says it was an inspiring evening.

During the nearly 2-hour presentation, Tworkowski talked about his past as a surfing company salesman and how he ended up living upstairs from Jones in the same apartment building in Los Angeles.

He told the story of a woman he met who's life was spiraling out of control due to addiction and depression. He in turn wrote a 2-page story about that woman's struggle, which went viral online. With the sale of t-shirts and some Internet connectivity, Tworkowski's story spread, with bands like Switchfoot, Anberlin and Paramore offering support.

After the lengthy speech, Tworkowski and Jones answered audience questions, and a few audience members opened up about their personal struggles with depression and anxiety. Counselors from ESU and mental health professionals were also in attendance. Pile says it's nice knowing that those people are on campus when you need them.

For more information, go online to www.twloha.com.

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