Reasons to Stay Alive is a book by author Matt Haig specifically about his experience with depression. A Sunday Times number one bestseller and ranking in the top ten charts for 49 weeks, Reasons to Stay Alive explains how Haig found himself in the depths of depression at age 24 and how he was able to climb his way out by finding new ways to relate to the world. With a narrative striking a balance of sensitivity and humor, Reasons to Stay Alive could be helpful to someone with depression who’s looking for new ways of thinking to escape their current thought patterns.
Nearly one in five people suffer from depression. Matt Haig illustrates different ways he coped with his mental disorder. He had the constant support of his parents and girlfriend, Andrea, and spent lots of time reading and writing. Eventually, he learned how to appreciate life and all the wonderful things he had going for him.
Everyone in the world is touched by mental illness, including depression. If we do not suffer from it ourselves, we know someone who does. Haig’s experience can help your understanding of mental illness, and better improve your own life or be able to empathize with those who suffer from it.
Haig believes the biggest cliché of all is actually the truest – there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. He speaks about how to appreciate the little things in life, and how no matter how bad it gets, it can always get better.