To Write Love on Her Arms
This may be the most important blog post I ever write on here. Many of you know about The Eleanor Project that I co-founded a couple years ago with my friend Jennifer. We were fed up with the media’s portrayal of what a beautiful woman is, and we wanted to be a voice for all the beautiful women out there. That is a site for those 18 and older (if you’d like to be featured we’d love to have you! We also run a Facebook page with loads of wisdom on it. Check that out, too, no matter your age!
But that isn’t telling the entire story because what about our young people in middle and high school right now? What are they facing?
Did you know that one in five teens have experienced depression and that suicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents? Between 14-24% of young adults have self-injured at least once. Coincidentally March 1 was self-harm prevention day.
It’s been weighing on me lately that I need to do more to build up the young people (not just ladies) in our area, so this year I’m hoping to raise awareness and money for To Write Love on Her Arms. Its vision is extremely in line with mine as a company. Terry Beigie Photography’s vision is:
- Everyone has beauty.
- Being positive matters.
- Everyone has a unique story to be told.
To kick off this yearlong project I reached out to several young people to do an anti-bullying/TWLOHA awareness photoshoot and I had tremendous response!! I have a very small space for a studio so forgive the group shot showing a door and backdrop stands. I wanted to do the group shot because I believe that together we can make a positive difference in the way people treat others and making sure people who need help get help! Unfortunately you couldn’t read the positive affirmations on there very well so I added some in photoshop!
I asked each one to tell me a word or a phrase that sits in their own minds–that they’ve heard from others about themselves–ways that they’ve felt/seen bullying. These are phrases that weigh heavily on themselves and that makes me quite sad. No one gets through adolescence unscathed, for sure. I have participants from middle school and in each grade of high school in this shoot. For Bailey M. her passion is ending bullying for those with special needs and I love that! The negative statements behind them are ones they hear about themselves and others at school nearly every day.
I plan to do even more throughout this year and I hope you’ll partner with me when I hold different events to raise funds for TWLOHA. If you feel compelled to donate to the organization, visit the website. If you or someone you know needs help, it’s out there. Your story is important, and it’s not over yet. If you have an idea for an event to benefit TWLOHA let me know!
Thank you all for coming out on Saturday!! I cannot wait to do more things like this!