Title: Hello me, it’s you
Author: Hannah Todd
Publication date: October 10th 2016
Genre: Nonfiction, YA
ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for a honest review
“You are worth being loved”
“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. (Source)
What I think of it
This book is very important. I want to buy 100 copies and give it to every single person I know and force them to read it!
I do warn you; try not to read this in public as you will cry.
This book is a collection of letters that young adult with a mental illness wrote to their 16 year old selves.. I found myself in many letters. I cried a lot but there were also very funny parts that will make you laugh out loud. It will make you think about yourself Most of all and you’ll want to write a letter to your 16 year old self as well.
I found this book very therapeutic. I think everyone should read this book, for sure if you struggle with a mental illness, it will absolutely cheer you up 🙂