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The Gist Of

If You Feel Too Much

Covered by

2/10/2020

With Bell Let’s Talk Day come and gone, it is important to continue the conversation around mental health. In this book, Jamie Tworkowski pens various essays on different topics concerning mental health, including the day his mental health non-profit won a million-dollar grant. What does this have to do with sports? Give Jamie a quick follow on any social media platform and you can see how his life and sports intersect constantly. He’s a huge basketball fan, (specifically of his friend Kyle Korver), and a fan of the United States Women’s National Soccer Team (he attended one of their weddings recently).

Jamie Tworkowski is the founder of the mental health non-profit organization called To Write Love On Her Arms. TWLOHA has been around since 2006 and has raised millions in support of mental health initiatives. They sell merchandise that inspires hope and forces people to engage in open honest conversations about mental health.

Jamie Tworkowski is the founder of the mental health non-profit organization called To Write Love On Her Arms. TWLOHA has been around since 2006 and has raised millions in support of mental health initiatives. They sell merchandise that inspires hope and forces people to engage in open honest conversations about mental health.

Why did we put If You Feel Too Much on The Shelf?

Everyone is affected by mental health. Going to the doctor about your mental health should be in no way different than if you were there with a flu bug. Jamie emphasizes that we need to de-stigmatize our beliefs surrounding mental health. Antidepressants should be prescribed when deemed necessary by a doctor, without the negative connotations that have surrounded them in the past.

If You Feel Too Much belongs on The Shelf

Another thing Jamie discusses in If You Feel Too Much, is that we are all unique individuals who should celebrate our individuality. However, at the same time, we have more in common than we even realize. We all experience pain and heartbreak, joy and triumphs, and we can empathize with other human beings who are experiencing those things as well. Jamie encourages that sense of community, not only for mental health, but for everyday life.

The Power Of Sports To Inspire

Jamie also shares a bit about his own personal journey, through relationships, quitting his job, and going to therapy. This is one of the reasons Jamie is so relatable; he never hides who he is or what he is about. He writes and speaks beautiful words, but he also lives by them.

Anthony's Final Thoughts

Jamie’s book reminds us that “it’s okay to not be okay” and to keep the conversation about mental health going, long past Bell Let’s Talk Day or World Suicide Prevention Day. Jamie’s non-profit, To Write Love On Her Arms, constantly features athletes’ stories, like Korver’s, or Ryan Anderson’s of the NBA. I have followed the work of To Write Love On Her Arms since 2006 when it started with one of Jamie’s essays, and I have grown with Jamie and the organization as we all travel through this life, seeking to know and be known.

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