Hello Me, It’s You // A Letter To My 16-Year-Old Self

Posted October 24, 2016 by Inge in Reviews / 4 Comments

Hello Me, It’s You // A Letter To My 16-Year-Old SelfHello Me, It's You by Hannah Todd
on October 10th 2016
Pages: 112

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.

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Hello me, it’s you.

Your classmates talk behind your back when you’re home sick for the gazillionth time that year, claiming that maybe you’re mentally ill instead. Who knew that they would turn out to be right? You won’t get diagnosed until you’re 22, but when you do, it’s going to explain a lot. Why you always had those stomach cramps every single day. Why you turned to self-medication. Why your semester abroad sunk faster than the Titanic. And I’m sorry to say, it’s going to get worse before it gets better. And I know you’re already the physical embodiment of “tired”, but believe me when I say that you can do this. You are stronger than you think you are, and I know you think you’re not going to be able to hold on for much longer, but there’s a fighter in us, and it’s very much alive and kicking, with cool ninja boots.

Somewhere this year, you’re going to stumble upon a book called Twilight. No idea, seems to be a bit of a hype in the States? Might as well see what it’s about, because you’re going to end up loving it. Sure, it’s not world-class literature, but it’s the first book you’ve ever truly been invested in, and it’s going to open a whole WORLD of possibilities and opportunities for you. You are entering the world of book worms, and you’re going to make so many friends all over the world, friends you never thought you’d have; and you’re going to write more than Harry Potter fanfiction in your head – you’re going to become more confident in your writing and start writing reviews, blog posts, and even whole books! Imagine that – you, a writer. Trust me, it’s really cool.

We’re not exactly the best at this, but keep reaching out to other people, because they will make a huge difference in your road to recovery. Your friends will convince you to seek professional help a lot sooner than you might have been able to on your own. They will also be there when you’re feeling like you can’t possibly do anymore. Your parents will become the biggest support system you have, and especially your mum will be your crutch to lean on. No matter how alone you may feel at times, you have people out there who love you and who actually laugh at your jokes.

Not only that, but you’ll inspire others with similar issues to reach out to people and take better care of themselves, and that’s a pretty amazing feeling.

You can do this. Together, we can do this, for we have already done it. I’ll be by your side, every step of the way.

24-year-old me

P.S. You’re going to throw those classmates off Facebook the second you graduate and you’ll never have to see them again. Life is too short to deal with sucky people. It’s bliss.

For a short book, I really didn’t expect Hello Me, It’s You to hit me this hard. This is a collection of letters written by young adults with mental health issues to their 16-year-old selves, and it’s quite a collection to read. It’s made me feel a bit heavier in my heart and my head, which is probably not the goal of the book, but I’m also glad I’ve read it. Mental health will always be an important topic to me, and I really liked how every single letter came out positive and full of self-love.

Thank you NetGalley for providing me with a copy

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4 responses to “Hello Me, It’s You // A Letter To My 16-Year-Old Self

  1. Cait @ Paper Fury

    Oh oh this letter was beautiful. <3 And encouraging and inspiring and BEAUTIFUL BECAUSE IT NEEDS TO BE SAID TWICE.

  2. Olivia-Savannah

    I’m glad you’re writing these. I never realised your mental health issues stem from your high school days 🙁 It must have been so difficult to go through that alone, and then with too cruel classmates on top of that 🙁 But you survived and came out on top of it all. And TWILIGHT YAS

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