Blurb; Matt Haig’s accessible and life-affirming memoir of his struggle with depression, and how his triumph over the illness taught him to live.
“Destined to become a modern classic.” —Entertainment Weekly
Like nearly one in five people, Matt Haig suffers from depression. Reasons to Stay Alive is Matt’s inspiring account of how, minute by minute and day by day, he overcame the disease with the help of reading, writing, and the love of his parents and his girlfriend (and now-wife), Andrea. And eventually, he learned to appreciate life all the more for it.
Everyone’s lives are touched by mental illness: if we do not suffer from it ourselves, then we have a friend or loved one who does. Matt’s frankness about his experiences is both inspiring to those who feel daunted by depression and illuminating to those who are mystified by it. Above all, his humor and encouragement never let us lose sight of hope. Speaking as his present self to his former self in the depths of depression, Matt is adamant that the oldest cliché is the truest—there is light at the end of the tunnel. He teaches us to celebrate the small joys and moments of peace that life brings, and reminds us that there are always reasons to stay alive.
My Review; This book came into my life at what I felt was a very dark and lonely time, I was struggling and this book just came to me and it was perfect. It was just what I needed. It is Matt’s own personal story but full of information, ideas and ways to help yourself. It focuses alot on depression and anxiety which I have both. It’s an honest story/book that could literally save lives.
The way Matt has written this he understands, you’re not alone, he has been there and he wants to help if he can through this book. I would highly recommend to all. Either for those who do have anxiety and depression or for those who don’t to educate yourselves about it all and help others. Eye opening. Honest. A book we need, not want. Thank you Matt. A well deserved five stars from me.