«Hello Me, It’s You» edited by Hannah Todd
Published: October 10th 2016.
Genre: mental health, mental illness.
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Some twenty-somethings write letters to their 16-year-old selves going through mental disorders.
I absolutely loved the concept of this book from the first moment I read it. It’s such an inspiring and beautiful idea.
I’m not very familiar with mental health diseases, so this was great glimpse into that world and the hard battle they all represent.
All letters are really supportive and filled with hope. It’s amazing to see how these twenty-somethings love their younger selves and really want them to feel encouraged with the words they need to hear the most.
One of the most common advices I could read was to find someone to talk to about what they were experiencing. I believe we all try to pretend we’re ok because we fear what others might think, or maybe we’re not sure we want to face something that big; however, it’s important to share our problem with somebody we can trust in, because we need help.
It’s interesting to me that the older selves recognized that their mental disorders were still an ongoing battle, yet they took the time to do this for helping others; even though they can’t talk to their 16-year-old selves for real, they can send those messages to those going through the same path.
As a Christian, I kind of hoped to see al least one letter mentioning God as our source of love and comfort, but it didn’t happen. So, it looks like every letter was about 1) finding help 2) being strong 3) loving yourself.
All of that is great! But, I believe you can do all that and still feel hopeless, unless you have God involved in your life.
However, this was a good and easy read that I think make us see everybody is facing his own giant.
**I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own**
+ «Things get harder before they get easier.»
+ «Keep being you.»
+ «Writing helps, but try not to dwell on the sad things you’ve recorded.»
+ «Fearless is getting back up and fighting for what you want over and over again – even though every time you’ve tried before, you’ve lost.»
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