“Keep smiling and being you. Don’t let the world change you”
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.
This is a very important book.
The collection of letters from young adults to their sixteen year old selves, talking about the trials and challenges they’ve faced, but with a focus on positivity and seeking help is something that a lot of young people who face similar challenges need. While most of the individuals were writing about their own anxiety, illness or depression, it was also fantastic to see some letters that focused on the people in their lives who faced those challenges and the impact that it had on them. Most people can relate to either being the person facing the challenges or the person trying to support someone who is being challenged and it was great that that was addressed as well.
There’s an overwhelmingly positive feel to this book. Yes, times will be bad, but there’s always something good to hold on to, people out there to support you and help to be found.
This is a book for anyone who needs reminding that nothing stays bad forever. You’ll cry and laugh and relate, and that’s the most important thing.
I gave this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.
title // Hello Me, It’s You
author // Anonymous, Hannah Todd
genre // Young Adult
publication date // October 10, 2016
format // eBook
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review from the publisher via Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.