Those of you who have read our mission statement here at The Bohemian Collective know that beyond the pretty blog, lookbooks and inspiration style boards, we are here to share a deeper message as well.  The organization we are collectively spreading the word about this season is To Write Love On Her Arms, a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.  In honor of this real life part of our humanity across the globe, we would like to share in this space some stories of people who have either been on the side of being suicidal, or have gone through losing someone to suicide.  This is a very real subject for me since I lost my dad to suicide almost one year ago.  The aftermath of an event like this is tremendous for anyone left behind, and I can only imagine the amount of pain an individual must face who is in this situation themselves, feeling so alone.  Throughout the course of this blog, myself and others will be sharing our personal experiences with this, as well as general depression, addiction or anxieties.  If you or someone you know feel like you would like to reach out in this way, please contact me via email at violet_bella at hotmail dot com with your submission.  This is purely for the sake of sharing and allowing ourselves to become more open and less afraid to talk about these things.  I think the more they become less taboo to speak of, the less of a stigma they will become in the future. 
Today I am starting with a story found via Live Through This, an inspiring blog of a photographer who has sought out finding others to share their stories for the very same reasons.  There are many other stories on the site to read, as well as a place for your own submissions.  If you or someone you know could benefit from reading these stories, please share this.

Laura of The Bohemian Collective