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To Write Love on Her Arms

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Strong support-finding tool, but other content is too light.

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The site offers a way to find assistance for a number of mental health-related concerns in your geographic area. On To Write Love on Her Arms, kids can specify the type of help they're looking for (such as counseling) and their ZIP code, and its search tool will generate a list of local results. They can then use personal, program, or income-related filters to narrow their options down further. They can find support options based on income eligibility, for instance -- or search for offerings that are free or provided for a reduced cost. They can set filters to find assistance that's online, over the phone, provided in person, or available on weekends. They can also locate programs that correlate to age, citizenship, gender, certain mental and physical health concerns, identity and sexual orientation, and other criteria.

The search tool is probably the site's biggest selling point, but it can feel lost among the other content. The link to the tool is listed in the main site navigation but isn't really called out or otherwise highlighted on the homepage or in other sections. Links to the backstory about the nonprofit's founding seem to be more prominently emphasized, which, although it's compelling, site visitors may not find as helpful. A blog provides some well-written personal narrative accounts of depression, dealing with grief, and other situations. New posts are added sometimes nine or 10 times a month -- but there isn't too much additional content to check out. The search tool just involves brief descriptions of services offered by external organizations. Kids will probably need to research mental health issues that are mentioned separately if they have questions about them -- educational information isn't provided for each topic. In general, the site doesn't provide a deep well of reading or viewing material, but it can serve as a valid destination that people visit for help finding the support they need from organizations outside of To Write Love on Her Arms.

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