Following the death of a Watertown High School senior, a community is joining together to spread a single message- “present hope and find help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.”
On Tuesday, May 15th the body of Erin K. Foley, 17, was located in the woods behind Jefferson Community College due to a suspected suicide.
In wake of the teens passing, North Country community members have come together on social media site Facebook, spreading an anti-bullying message for a non-profit organization.
An event page focused on ‘To Write Love on Her Arm’ (TWLOHA) has over 3,000 members as of Thursday morning, and continues to grow.
“My sister has worked hard this year to start a club at Watertown High School in support of an organization know as To Write Love On Her Arms,” writes Patrick Michael Fleming on the event page.
He continues, “So I ask one small favor from you tomorrow. Please whether your attending school, going to work, visiting family or whatever it may be, write the word LOVE on your arm. Post a photo of yourself on this wall. It may seem like nothing to you but if enough people are willing to put such a word on them and then express the meaning behind that word to those around them, we may be able to save a life.”
The passing of Foley has sparked an anti-bullying movement centered on loving yourself and those around you.
Paul J. Foley wrote on the Facebook event’s wall, “Erin was a strong, happy, friendly, open and intelligent child. She remained that way to those of us who were close.... Right up until the end. We had no clue of the depths of her depression. The bullying Erin suffered from was not the physical type or probably the overbearing crass comments but the slower, quieter and even more insidious wearing away of her self esteem. It was evident as shyness and confidence issues in public settings.”
Friends, family and even community members that have never met Foley, have shown a great outpouring of support and strength for those suffering from bullying and depression.
To learn more about To Write Love on Her Arm CLICK HERE.
To view many images sent in support of Erin Foley's family and To Write on Her Arm, watch the complete video.