Hello Me, it’s You is a collection of letters by young adults aged 17-24 about their experiences with mental health issues. The letters are written to their 16-year-old selves, giving beautifully honest advice, insight and encouragement for all that lays ahead of them.
This book was produced by the Hello Me, it’s You charity, set up by the editor, Hannah. Hannah was diagnosed with depression and anxiety whilst at university and found comfort in talking to friends about their experiences, realising she was not alone in her situation. This inspired the idea for the charity and book. Through the creation of materials such as this, the charity aims to provide reassurance for young adults (and their families) who are experiencing mental health issues and give a voice to young adults on such an important topic. The result of that will hopefully be a reduction in the negative stigma surrounding mental health and an increase in awareness of young people’s experiences. All profits go the Hello Me, it’s You charity, for the production of future supportive books.
Trigger warning: Due to it’s nature, the content of this book may be triggering. Contains personal experiences of depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, trichotillomania and other mental health issues, as well as issues such as assault.
I rarely read non – fiction but when I was approached on Twitter by Hannah, the lovely human being who put all of this together, I couldn’t say no to reading this very moving collection of letters by people who have gone through such tough battles of mental health but come out on the other side and can now write to their younger selves.
I read the whole of this beautiful collection on one train journey and it honestly moved me so much I had tears in my eyes. These letters are proof that you overcome mental health and that you learn to deal with it.
As someone who suffers from mental health I found that this is a must read as it will inspire you so much and you will come away with a new attitude especially if you suffer from mental health.
Two great quotes that I came away with after reading this book were:
“See the beauty in everything Stay true, stay strong, stay happy and keep listening to music, you know it makes sense.”
and one that made me laugh
“P.P.S. try and find Larry and see what his trick is for always being so goddamn happy.”
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