To Write Love On Her Arms’ Heavy and Light – LA
“She went home and looked, and looked for that video. Then finally she found it. She brought herself to watch the video.” Kevin Breel pauses for a moment and takes a look at the silent crowd. “and that’s when she decided not to take her life away.”
Kevin Breel, a comedian who suffered from depression, shared a story about saving a person’s life just by opening up. Breel himself decided that opening up would save his life — little did he know, he’d also be saving others.
To Write Love On Her Arm’s Heavy and Light, a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide, came to shine at the House of Blues on Saturday night. It was a night dedicated uplifting stories, and inspiring acts, and nothing short of amazing.
Poets, musicians, writers, and an entire community came to open up — Heavy and Light was an open book of sorts. From Mary Lambert joking that her grandmother will never understand her words in songs, Kevin Breel’s story of a girl who nearly took her life, to the light stories shared by Tristan Prettyman in her own music, there was no shortage of heavy and light.
For one who felt touched by most of the presenters, I can’t begin to express how wonderful of a project To Write Love On Her Arms is. The House of Blues crowd was one of the best I’ve seen. They cheered and some cried, and it was all to raise awareness. That it is okay to open up. That there are people just like me. And That there is someway to help.
Heavy and Light isn’t a benefit show, it’s an attempt to move people and raise awareness. You can help support the movement by going to TWLOHA’s website.