- Pages: 254
- Publisher: Canongate Books
- Genre: Non-Fiction, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Adult, Memoir(?), Self help(?)
Reasons To Stay Alive is the first non-fiction book that I have read this year – I’ve read about depression and anxiety in fiction books, online through medical websites, through textbooks… it is still different reading it from a real person’s own experiences.
Reading Matt Haig’s own account of his experience with depression was insightful on how different people will have different experience of depression – there is so much hope in this book and all the reasons that he has given (and others have given) I can totally understand. There is so much we have to live for, the future, our family, books, music, art and so much more.
I am glad that we have books like this now, Matt Haig certainly isn’t the first person to have written their account on mental illness and their experiences of it – however, the fact that he is writing and sharing to us at all about his experiences makes us one step closer to destigmatising mental illness, and allows us to change our perspectives of them and actually see them as serious medical conditions rather than just someone “feeling a bit sad” – because, usually it isn’t just that feeling.
Although the book did not tell me anything I didn’t already know about depression or anxiety, it was still a great book to have read. It reads like a memoir and a self-help book at the same time, and that was unusual – but I think that the fact that the author is sharing their experience is helpful, as it shows those who are suffering from depression/anxiety that they are not alone, and that the author too knows what they are feeling. It gives you that sense of reassurance that you are not alone.