Hello me, it’s you was published late last month (on world mental health month) by Hannah and the folks at Oxford Brookes. This book, originally written as a dissertation, has, by now, touched so many lives, with letters to past selves from those that needed a push at the time.
Although only a short book, consisting of a good few many (around 15 I think? Correct me if I’m wrong) letters from those writing to their younger selves, 16 to be exact. This book is immensely helpful for those that need a bit of a push.
This book made me cry, I’m not going to deny that, it’s the kinda book that you can dip into a read different letters at a time. Each of the letters will relate to someone in someway and it’s the perfect book for those that feel a little lost.
“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.
“…both beautiful and necessary” Sarah Franklin
It’s a beautifully put together book and I put it up there with the likes of, ‘Black Dog’, it’s a book that will always be there for you. A book full of hope and happiness, that you might have forgotten existed right now.