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The Recovery Letters: Addressed to People Experiencing Depression

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In 2012, The Recovery Letters was launched to host a series of letters online written by people recovering from depression, addressed to those currently affected by a mental health condition. Addressed to 'Dear You', the inspirational and heartfelt letters provided hope and support to those experiencing depression and were testament that recovery was possible.

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Paperback, 232 pages
Published July 21st 2017 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is such a wonderful premise! Based on the website, this book contains a collection of letters written by people who are recovering from depressive episodes. The letters to "Dear You" are addressed to those currently suffering. The writers have experienced different types of depression from post-partum to bi-polar and/or major clinical. Their basic message is the same: recovery from depression is possible and you're not alone. The letters offer alliance, understanding ...more
Megan Lea
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Last year, I had the honour to be contacted by James to submit a contribution for the book, which got accepted. I received a copy off the publishers just before distribution, and was blown away by the raw emotion of all the letters offering everything from advice, comfort and downright relatable material to those who are suffering. A powerful inside to the depths of depression, for those who have experienced and those who have not. I am deeply moved to have been a part of this!
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help, net-galley
Thanks to NetGalley for this copy.

This book is hands-down a 5-star piece of brilliance, which I would recommend to anyone who has suffered, or is suffering from, depression. I am unfortunately currently in the midst of an acute depressive episode, and reading is the one constant that keeps me going and gives me some respite from my obsessive thoughts, and feelings of bleakness which seem to plague my every waking thought.

This book consists of letters from a vast collection of people who have ha
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A kind and comforting resource. So many words of understanding, kindness, patience, sympathy and empathy. Very glad it will be there on my shelf.
Eve beinguniquebooks
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that many people out there should have, in fact as well as their medication for depression they should be handed a copy of this book too.

The Recovery Letters is all written by people who have recovered from their depression and didn't give up or let it consume them and drag them down, instead they are now able to address their past self in letter form to the memory of who they were previously when they were sucked into their depression and quite possibly felt that was how they wer
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At last! A book that gives hope!

I bought this book because I have depression. I've read many other books on the subject, but this one is different. Each "letter" is from people who've been there and sometimes still do go there. This is a powerful book, as if the letter-writers are cheering you on from the side lines.
If you have depression, or know someone who has, buy this book. It isn't a cure, but it is full of hope.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
The Recovery Letters by Olivia Sagan is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in mid-July.

The letters of this book seek to assure those with depression and to encourage them to make active choices toward self-care, the possibility of recovery, staying socialized, and offset feelings of bleakness.
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A crucial and hopeful reminder for those who have experienced depression, and a powerful insight into mental health issues for those who haven't. This is a book that will keep rewarding and comforting you every time you come back to it. ...more
Jul 22, 2018 rated it liked it
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Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really inspirational and great to understand others experiences and their recovery.
Siobhan Kelly
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I’ve ever read.

Very proud very proud of James.

Keep going you silly poo.
Rachel Haselden
Dec 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Didn't finish, however book contained beautiful letters written for people who are depressed from people who've experienced it and are in a better place now. ...more
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss-arc
*I received an advanced reader's copy from the publisher through Edelweiss for review.

I'm so glad there is a book like this, especially since I suffer from depression. I had never heard of The Recovery Letters before I requested to read this book. The synopsis sounded interesting and I felt like I needed to read it, and I'm so glad I did.

The Recovery Letters was originally an online series of letters written by everyday people who have struggled with, and have since recovered from, depression.
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James Withey is author of the best selling 'How to Tell Depression to Piss Off: 40 Ways to Get Your Life Back' which was published by Little Brown in May 2020 in paperback, e-book and audio book. It is due to be published in Romania and China. "One of the best new Self-Help books" - BookAuthority

He is currently writing the follow up book with a working title of 'How to Tell Anxiety to Sod Off', al

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