Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

Reasons to Stay aliveIf there were a book-review equivalent of giving a standing ovation, I’d be doing it right here. Yes, yes, yes, Matt Haig, this is exactly how a non-fiction book on mental health woes should read.

If you have depression, anxiety, a joyless combination of both, or another not-so-fun mental health condition, this book is for you. If you know someone who has depression, anxiety, a joyless combination of both, or another not-so-fun mental health condition, this book is for you. If you’ve never met anyone with depression, anxiety, a joyless combination of both, or another not-so-fun mental health condition, but want to learn what it might be like, this book is for you.

On a five-hour train journey from London to Glasgow, I began and finished reading this book, and have since passed it on to many. Matt’s combination of personal experience, research and adept writing skills makes this a worthwhile read. All aboard the Reasons to Stay Alive train.

[Canongate Books Ltd, 2015]

 

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