This was the first Holding of Wrist logo in 2008. It all started on a Myspace page with the idea that love is the answer. Today the vision remains simple: We believe in the power of love, conversation and hope. Since 2008 we’ve collectively replied to 250,000 emails, texts, and Myspace messages. Over 300,000 people around the globe has heard our message and joined our mission to help others with mental health issues such as self-harm, depression, and suicidal thoughts.
I found Holding of Wrist during a very dark time in my life. I was coming out of a tumultuous home situation as well as recovering from pretty severe sexual assault. I struggled with depression at its peak during that time, as well as the traditional feeling of being outcast in school. I was overweight and nerdy, my anger from my personal life showed at school and made me unapproachable. When I found Holding of Wrist, I really felt like it opened so many doors for me because it connected me with others who were struggling and didn’t judge eachother. I know it sounds cliché but it finally felt like a home away from home. I remember when Jimmy started it, it felt so small, but watching it grow over the years warms my heart in a way I can never explain. I still talk to several of the people I met through HOW, and it has ingrained in me a deep sense of purpose knowing that the pain of my past can be used to help me connect with others going through similar struggles, and if I can be there for someone else then that truly is the silver lining of what I’ve been through. Having a support network really makes a difference when you’re young and you think you’re alone. I can honestly say that I don’t know if I’d be here today if not for Jimmy and Holding of Wrist. When I say they saved my life, I don’t say it lightly. Watching Holding of Wrist grow is such an amazing thing, and I will support it until the day I die, which thanks to them will hopefully be a very long time from now.
“Just having someone there to listen changed my life”
At age 16, I was considering suicide. I’d been struggling for years, and felt like there was no point in continuing. I felt like I was alone. And then Jimmy, and Holding of Wrist reached out to me. The constant support and reminders of my worth, just having someone to listen to me, to be there for me, changed my life without a doubt. 9 years later, at age 25, I’m happy, I’m healthy, I’m studying a double degree of Business and Law at university, I’m married and I have an amazing family. And none of this would have occurred without the amazing support from Jimmy and his team.