I am so glad I decided to pick this book up! It was an amazing read, a fantastic insight into depression – very honest and real. ‘Reasons to Stay Alive’ is biographical memoir by Matt Haig that documents his experience with depression and anxiety.
I could relate to many parts of this book (especially the sections relating to anxiety and panic attacks which I have recently suffered from myself) and I think it’s worth a read for anyone wanting to gain greater understanding into the subject of depression. It is so incredibly important to raise awareness of mental health issues and this book is an incredible addition to that plight.
There is a particular section of the book where Matt Haig discusses how someone could support a person suffering with depression and I thought that was particularly insightful. Depression is an illness that simply cannot be solved by “just getting over it” and I am honestly surprised that there are still people that seem to think this is the case.
This book is incredibly written, Haig has articulated depression masterfully and reading it was a pleasure despite the subject matter. I also liked that this book had a number of lists, I find lists very pleasing.
One of the quotes that most stood out to me in this book was…
“And most of all, books. They were, in and of themselves, reasons to stay alive. Every book written is the product of a human mind in a particular state. Add all the books together and you get the end sum of humanity. Every time I read a great book I felt I was reading a kind of map, a treasure map, and the treasure I was being directed to was in actual fact myself.”
― Matt Haig, Reasons to Stay Alive
I would, without a doubt, recommend this book to everybody.