I have never read a book by an anonymous author. Sure I have read books by authors with a pen name. But completely anonymous? Why? Is the content so sensitive that an author wishes to not get credit or hide behind published words? So when I read the description of this book, I sort of understood.
Hello Me, It's You has multiple authors. It is a collection of letters written by young adults aged 17-24 about their experiences with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, trichotillomania and more. The letters are addressed to their 16-year-old selves. It gives hope, insight and direction to what is ahead in their lives.
"Write it all down and trust me it will help. Keep breathing. Ride out the panic. It's overwhelming I know, but it will be over soon. Inhale. Exhale. Count to 10. Better?" ~ 47%
The editor, Hannah Todd, was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. She found comfort in talking with friends and realizing she wasn't alone in her thoughts or experiences. It inspired Hannah to start a charity and this book.
Hello Me, It's You was published on October 10, 2016. Be weary of its content because it may be triggering for you or a loved one. However, its purpose is to help young adults through experiences and difficult times when they may feel alone or need a boost of hope. Though I found some of the letters repetitive, who am I to judge how a person expresses feelings? As long as it helps reduce the stigma around mental illness, I am for it.