Friday, November 13, 2009
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.
-121 million people worldwide suffer from depression.
-18 million of these cases are happening in the United States.
-Between 20% and 50% of children and teens struggling with depression have a family history of this struggle and the offspring of depressed parents are more than three times as likely to suffer from depression.
-Depression often co-occurs with anxiety disorders and substance abuse, with 30 percent of teens with depression also developing a substance abuse problem.
-2/3 of those suffering from depression never seek treatment.
-Untreated depression is the number one cause of suicide, and suicide is the third leading cause of death among teenagers.