Reasons to Stay Alive - Matt Haig
'Reasons to Stay Alive is about making the most of your time on earth. In the western world the suicide rate is highest amongst men under the age of 35. Matt Haig could have added to that statistic when, aged 24, he found himself staring at a cliff-edge about to jump off. This is the story of why he didn't, how he recovered and learned to live with anxiety and depression. It's also an upbeat, joyous and very funny exploration of how live better, love better, read better and feel more.' (Goodreads)
As most people who know me are well aware, I started to obsess over Matt Haig's novels after reading How to Stop Time a few months back, and now I can't get enough of his writing. I ordered Reasons to Stay Alive on my latest Amazon book haul and picked it up straight away.
I wish I had discovered this a couple of years ago when my mental health was a mess. Just reading it now has really helped me see a bit more of how to control the ups and downs.
I respect Matt Haig for everything he's been through. But it helps me even more to know he came from a place that's only a few miles from me. It gets rid of that 'it doesn't happen around here' view that I've always had.
It was powerful being able to read through the mindset of someone who has at a time been struggling with mental health issues but is beginning to see the other side of it. I feel like I'm in the place he was when he was writing this book.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is struggling with their mental health. I love it for everything that it stands for.
There's not much I can say about Reasons to Stay Alive. It's one of those books that you have to read to get an idea of how helpful it is.
Get it for yourself and see what I mean. You won't regret it.
But please buy from local bookshops if you can!