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There are many ways you can make a difference! For people who are not ready to be public about hair pulling, skin pikcing or other BFRBs, there are many things you can do anonymously. For those who are ready to speak out about these disorders, TLC has talking points and videos that you can use to raise awareness in your community. For people with experience in the non-profit or business worlds, there are many ways to get involved in the TLC organization.

If any of these opportunities are of interest to you, please fill out this brief questionnaire and someone from TLC will contact you.

Here are just some of the things you can do.

Volunteer for TLC

Raise Awareness

Fundraise for the Cause

Community Outreach

Submit an article, essay or other artwork for our blog and newsletter


Get Involved in TLC's Mission and Operations

TLC is a small organization- we depend on volunteers to help us with this vital and rewarding work. Key volunteers work very closely with the staff to make our mission and vision become a reality.  Our Board of Directors members live all over the country and oversee several standing committees - development, finance, website, research, treatment, and education - plus occasional working groups on specific issues. These teams work in a very collegial, meaningful, and dedicated way; many committee members find that being an active volunteer for TLC becomes a part of their acceptance and recovery process.

If you have experience in the non-profit sector, the media, or the business world, please consider joining one of our dedicated teams.

Write an Article for the Newsletter or Website

TLC solicits submissions for upcoming issues of its quarterly newsletter, InTouch. As TLC members already know, each issue of InTouch is packed full of information for anyone affected by body-focused repetitive disorders, from pullers and pickers themselves to parents, treatment professionals, and more. Some of our most popular articles are first-hand accounts of living with these behaviors, and this is where we need your help! Articles may be short vignettes (250 words) to essays (less than 2000 words).

We need:

  1. Recovery stories: these are personal accounts of one’s journey toward recovery. Recovery stories are not limited to success, because as we know, recovery is a process. Therefore, we are looking for stories that detail this process, from whatever stage the author may be in.
  2. Coming Out Stories: So many live in shame with these behaviors -- you can inspire others with your story of revealing your behaviors to others. Maybe you’ve recently revealed your picking or pulling to your spouse or partner. Or, perhaps you’ve written an essay and shared it with your classmates. Or, maybe a child or teen would like to write about "coming out" to their parents or peers.
  3. Poems and Artwork: Share your message with others who understand! We are always accepting submissions of poetry, short essays, drawings and other forms of self-expression. Professional articles that discuss evidence-based treatments and personal growth topics are also welcome.

If you're interested in sharing your story, please click here.

Fundraise for the Cause

TLC is funded by your donations and membership support. Every donation helps us to make accurate information, support and treatment available to those in need. No one should have to suffer alone!

Send a Friends and Family Letter
Invite your friends and family to support a cause you believe in! We've made it easy to reach out to your loved ones with information about TLC and our mission. Download a sample letter and donation form from the website to print and mail -- or email -- to your friends and family.

Hold a House Party or Potluck Picnic – these can be a great, simple way to make new connections with other pullers/pickers in your area, or to raise awareness of our cause with your friends and family. You can make this a TLC fundraiser by asking for donations.

Make a difference privately

Donate to TLC

A donation of just $10, $15, or $25 a month will make a big difference to TLC's ability to reach those in need while maintaining your anonymity. All TLC mailings are sent discreetly, and all credit cards bills are itemized "TLC," for your comfort and privacy.
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Get the word out about Trichotillomania and Skin Picking

Raising awareness is just as important as raising money. You can help TLC inform people about trichotillomania and skin picking by mailing brochures to hair salons, doctors' offices, and schools in your community. TLC will send you appropriate brochures, which are self-mailers printed with a TLC return address. Using your stamps and addresses, doing these mailings is a completely anonymous way to make a difference.


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