Author : Hanna Todd Genre : Non-Fiction // Mental Health No. of Pages : 112 Publisher : Self published
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, insights, and encouragement for all that lies ahead of them, good or bad. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review (my thanks to the author)
Synopsis : 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.
Even though I read this book in mid-2016 but I really wanted to write about it here, so here goes.
Hello Me, It’s You was exceptional. It was emotional and hard-hitting because it was all so real. For me, being in the age group of people who have contributed to this made it more emotional and easy to connect with.
As you may have gathered from the synopsis, this book is a compilation of letters written by a group of young adults, to their younger-selves about their mental health, their struggles, and how they overcome (or actively try to) the everyday challenges due their illness.
You must be responsible for your own happiness.
The letters discuss several alarmingly common yet deeply tabooed issues such as depression, anxiety, trichtillomania, dermatophagia, body-image issues such as bulimia, anorexia and so on. It is up-lifting and very, very important.
Help is out there, but it takes a brave soul to go and find it.
I wish mental health weren’t such a taboo in our society. You realise how an early diagnosis and the right kind of treatment and support can make a HUGE difference.
Never forget to take care of you.
It also made me realise how many things I would have liked to talk to my younger-self about. Anything to make poor 16-year-old-me feel less lonely and less alienated.
2016 was the year I came to terms with my several of own issues and I’m glad to say that this book helped me in the process. May 2017 be the year I finally face the monster and deal with the damned thing. That will make life more than a little easier for my future-self.
Nobody can change how you feel inside but yourself.
I always look for great take-away quotes in books I read. I have blockquoted the ones that stood out for me in this book. Let them be your dose of positivity today.
Thank you, Hannah Todd, for making people do this. It makes readers like me feel more normal to know that we have company. I also thank each and every person who contributed to this book. It CAN’T have been easy. Thank you.
As much as you say that you cannot and will not – I promise you, you can and you will.