Friday, April 28, 2017

Hello Me, It's You - Book Review

32078947Hello Me, It's You by Hannah Todd
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published October 10th 2016 by Hello Me, it's You

“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, realizing 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 Fall will mark ten years since my first experience with depression. Age 17 and I had just started my senior year of high school. I could have used this book then.
A few years later I started writing letters to my past self saying everything I knew I needed to hear at that time in my life.

That's what this book is; people who have gone through similar struggles, or worse, and written what they feel needed to be heard. Someone, somewhere needs to hear it now.

We're all different, we all ended up in the situation because of our own personal reasons and we all will (or have) come out of it in our own way.
The only similarity is the despair that's felt when going through it.

It needs to be known that anyone going through this is not alone, and that they can make it through.

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