About the letters-read this first
The Recovery Letters are all written with the intention to try and allieviate some of the pain of depression, to make the loneliness slightly more bearable and above all to give hope that you can recover. We see recovery as self defined but can include living alongside symptoms or being symptom free, being stable on medication or medication free but most of all living a life with some meaning.
The letters are written from people recovering from depression, addressed to those currently suffering. At the moment the letter writers have experienced different types of depression including clinical/major depression, bi-polar and post partum depression.
Of course, not all the letters will appeal to everyone and whereas we hope they will not act as a trigger for worsening symptoms we sadly can't guarantee that. Some of the content of the letters may be distressing for some and unfortunately that coincides with the reality of living with mental illness.
From time to time we may rotate the letters that are displayed so that they get an equal chance to be seen but also ensures we don't have too many on the site and it gets overwelming.
The Recovery Letters on the website are owned by the letter writers and can't be reproduced without their permission. If you want to re-produce them please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will contact the writers. The heart logo and the brand name The Recovery Letters belong to me, James Withey and can not be used without my permission.
What we hope is that the letters will give you a shot of hope, maybe question some of the dreadful thoughts that depression is making you think about yourself and get you through the next day, hour, minute or moment.