Jamie Tworkowski, founder of To Write Love on Her Arms, will speak at the University of Central Florida next week.
His presentation will begin at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in the Cape Florida Ballroom of the Student Union. The event is free and open to the public.
TWLOHA is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping those who suffer from addiction, self-injury, depression and suicidal thoughts find treatment and recovery.
Founded in Central Florida in 2006, the nonprofit started as a movement to sell t-shirts to help Tworkowski’s friend Renee Yohe, who battled addiction, depression and other issues, pay for treatment.
Since its founding, the organization has helped more than 150,000 people in over 40 countries find hope and help for their issues. “Renee,” a film inspired by Yohe and the founding of TWLOHA, was filmed in Central Florida earlier this year.
Tworkowski’s talk is sponsored by the UCF Campus Activities Board.
After speaking, Tworkowski will answer questions and meet with audience members. Cocoa Beach musician Damien Suomi also will perform.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college and university students.
Designed to educate the UCF community about suicide prevention, the UCF Counseling Center offers the Questions, Persuade, Refer program. The program, a one-hour presentation, teaches people how to recognize the signs of suicide and the three basic principles that can help save a life.
QPR is nationally recognized as a “Best Practices” program by the Joint Commission on Accreditation on Health Care Organizations.