Jamie Tworkowski is the New York Times bestselling author of If You Feel Too Much. He founded the non-profit organization To Write Love on Her Arms in 2006, born from an attempt to help a friend and tell a story. TWLOHA is now recognized as an award-winning leader in mental health and suicide prevention. After fifteen years with the organization, Jamie recently stepped away to begin a new chapter, focusing on speaking and writing independently.
A two-time TEDx speaker, Jamie has inspired audiences at universities, concerts, and conferences across the United States and as far away as Australia and the United Kingdom. He has been interviewed by Rolling Stone, NBC Nightly News, and CBS Sunday Morning. Jamie is a lifelong surfer and he lives in Melbourne Beach, Florida.
Jamie is passionate about telling stories that encourage people and sharing what he’s learned over the last decade and a half, both in his surprising journey with TWLOHA and as an individual who struggles with depression. Driven by the idea that caring about people has to include caring about the issues that affect people, he invites us to wrestle with what it means to live a compassionate life. More than anything, Jamie believes life is worth living. Speaking allows him to offer hope to someone who might be struggling.
In addition to mental health, Jamie can speak to several different topics that have been part of his story. A New York Times bestselling author, he loves to talk about the power of words. Jamie’s life changed when the original “To Write Love on Her Arms” story went viral on MySpace in 2006. He enjoys reflecting on the evolution of social media and the role it plays in our lives today. Finally, as a founder Jamie shares the highs and lows of starting and leading something.