TITLE: Hello me, it’s you
WRITTEN BY: Hanna Todd
PUBLISHED BY: Hodder & Stoughton
VERSION I READ: e-arc from netgalley
WARNING: grief, depression, anxiety, OCD, mental health.
(PLOT BY GR)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.
I wish there were more books like this when I was a teenager. This kind of book is so important especially for young readers: testimonies of people who get through mental health problems and are able to built up an entire life.
The only flaw that I feel to underline here is the tight target; as a 24-30 reader I felt super-depressed in reading this book, it’s like if you +24 and didn’t accomplish certain things or handle your mental health problems you never will. Reading this book it felt like you are going to have your MH issues only in your teen years and don’t worry you are so gonna be fine by your 21. It’s not like this. My depression and anxiety developed during my college years (between 20 and 23) and I am still dealing with that and I think I will have to for my entire life.