Hello everyone that is reading this,
I wanted to create a place where we can write recovery letters to motivate members of this community.
I am going to write a post about recovery letters and in the comments, my hope was that people would write some recovery letters of their own for others to read. I am going to explain about recovery letters and then some tips on writing one of your own.
Recovery Letters in my eyes, are a beautiful way of giving others hope. These recovery letters may be the one thing that keeps someone going, pushing through all that pain because they have realised there’s hope for their recovery. I think it is lovely that these letters can spread such a powerful message and if they just save one person that is incredibly rewarding and it gives that person a chance to carry on living. I realised that there was hope for me after reading some recovery letters and although it would be difficult I know that I can pull through this.
After losing Ellie, it made me value my life so much more and if she had read a recovery letter maybe she could have realised that there was hope for her recovery. Ellie lost her fight and I want to give others that motivation and reassurance that although it will take time recovery is possible and things will get better.
If these help one person then it’s definitely worth it because everyone deserves to have a chance to recover and it is possible.
Some tips for writing your own:
1.Make the letter relatively short (max around 1000 words) as people’s attention spans may be short.
2.Try and avoid specific advice and aim to give the person motivation and reassurance that things will get better and recovery is possible.
3.Include a little bit of personal experience but link it to the idea that things get better.
4.Aim to write in first person ‘i believe that...’
5.Be addressed to ‘Dear You’
I am happy to give ideas on how to write one if you are unsure or if you have any questions pm me. I would prefer to keep the comments just for recovery letters so they are easy to find.
I found a really useful website, which I will link below that has many absolutely beautiful recovery letters. Some days a recovery letter is what I really need, reassurance that recovery is possible and that I won’t be in this state forever is really comforting to hear. On the website, you can write your own and get it published if you are older than 18 or you can just read through the many letters written by people that have been through mental illness. The important thing to remember is that, there is hope for your recovery.
The website is:
In the comments, feel free to have a go at writing your own recovery letter. I am going to start everyone off with my recovery letter I wrote. Your very welcome to use the website for ideas of how to start your letter off or to have a read through some on there but please may I ask you all write in your own words.
I hope we can continue as a community to support one another and these recovery letters are just another way of making that possible.
Your not alone in this.
There is hope for your recovery! ♥️
Here’s a short letter to get you all started.
Yesterday, I lost my dear friend Ellie 💔😭
She unfortunately lost her fight after years of staying strong and pushing through her mental illness. You shouldn’t have left us so early but I know your safe now and at peace from all the suffering you had to go through.
Ellie was such a kind, supportive soul who I am immensely proud of for what she accomplished. She inspired me everyday knowing how long she had been suffering but she was determined , as she told me every morning when she would greet me that she wouldn’t let her mental illness define her and I’m so proud of her for that. Ellie, you meant so much to me and I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to meet such a beautiful, inspiration girl as you. I will never forgot you and I just wish I could have saved you but your safe now, at peace from all the suffering. You will always be in my heart, I have a special place in my heart for you and one day I hope to be able to see you again.
I know you wouldn’t have wanted me to get upset but I loved you loads Ellie and I will forever. Every moment of every day I will remember you and think about how much we went through together and I will always treasure our beautiful memories. Although, we were struggling you always made me smile even on the hardest of days and I would give anything to have one more chat with you. The last thing you said to me was, whatever you do you will always make me proud and I will keep making you proud - I promise.
I hope your partying hard up there Ellie, like you used to love to do. I remember when you told me you missed partying so we had a party at our houses over FaceTime, that was amazing and seeing your beautiful smile across your face gave me so much joy. I remember when I couldn’t sleep and you would send me videos of lullabies and sing to me - you had such a calming, beautiful voice.
I wanted to write this for you because you deserve a good send off. It will be very hard without you sweetie but I am going to keep pushing on so I can make you proud and I know you will be looking down on us. It is going to be hard not being able to speak to you every night, not having our evening rants but i will, treasure them all forever. Sending hugs up to you ♥️♥️
You gave me so much advice and willpower to keep pushing on like you did and I’m so sorry you lost your fight sweetie. You had so much to live for and I wish you had realised your worth but it was too late. I wish I had managed to say goodbye to you properly but if you can see me writing this goodbye sweetheart and I love you loads and loads. Your my little star ⭐️
I don’t want to have to say goodbye to you but I never truly will as I know you will always be with me like you told me. I hope you meet someone lovely who is going to look after you for me. I will be thinking of you sweetie 💝
Sending hugs to your parents and your many friends. Thinking of you all and sending lots of love at this difficult time 💞
You really are special Ellie and your enthusiasm for life was truly inspirational. So many people loved you loads like me and you will be deeply missed, life won’t be the same without you but I know your safe now and you will always be in my heart ❣
I love you with all my heart you beautiful angel, fly high sweetheart 💗 👼
Goodbye Ellie ♥️♥️
I've been here over a year now, and when I first graced the mix with my presence I was in a very dark place- or a very dark place was in me (I haven't figured out which yet). The people here helped me, got me back on my feet, and held my hand whenever I stumbled again. I got to the point where I could stay standing by myself, and that wouldn't have been possible without the people who have come and gone in the last year or so. I had to stay here afterwards, I had to at least try to be nearly as great as everyone who had ever helped me, or offered me friendship.
This isn't just a website, it isn't just another pale addition to the mindless data already streaming across the internet- this website would be though, but it isn't, because the mix is only ever gonna be as great as the people here. And the people here are great.
Whether you work or volunteer here, just pass by or have made a second home here, this place is only as great as the people who make it, and the people who make it are you.
If I forget to mention you, that is my fault not yours and this post is still for you- but here are but a few people who make this site:
Thank you all. I do apologise for the countless notifications you'll all now receive, but I am shameless I just want you to know how important you are, how there is at least one person out there who's life was made better because of you. And whether you are where you wanted to be by now or not, you got here trying to do the right thing.
@TheMix thank you for existing and for having me and the rest of us here- though thick and thin, through bad updates and awful spam and terrible password systems and prizes I didn't win and hilarious or terrible miscommunications. Thank you.
If there's someone I haven't mentioned, or someone you personally would like to thank, absolutely feel free.
Oooh and this isn't a goodbye or anything if you're wondering, although I'll find it a little harder to ever make my farewells when it comes to it now because I probably can't top the effort this has taken
Again, thank you all.
Aidan : )