“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 was the blurb/synopsis I read and it had me sold at Mental Health. I’ve always loved books supporting and talking about mental illness in a positive way. But shortly after starting the letters I realized something. This book was going to wreck me in the best way possible. These letters are so honest and real. You don’t need a mental illness to be able to relate. They talk about not letting the world change you, taking care of yourself, and that it’s ok to ask for help. One thing that struck me was that these letter writers don’t pretend they have all the answers. They admit that they are still learning to manage and live a full life WITH mental illness. There are 27 letters in total. By letter 10 I knew I needed to write my own and by letter 20 I was crying. These letters are powerful and will get to you whether you are suffering/healing from, touched by, or never experienced mental illness.
Hello Me, It’s You started out as a college project to normalize and bring a more positive light to mental illness. You can find the webpage at http://www.Hellomeitsyou.org or follow the project on twitter @hellomeitsyou.
I highly suggest this book and project. I implore you to pour through these letters and remember that it gets better. Hope you’re having a lovely day.
I was was priveledged to enjoy this book for an honest review by NetGalley.