I'm really not one to read a non-fiction book. In fact, I'll avoid them where possible but the title of Matt Haig's Reasons To Stay Alive grabbed me instantly and I knew I had to read it.
I had previously heard amazing reviews on Reasons to Stay Alive so I knew, before I'd even read the first page, that it was going to be a gripping read. Reasons to Stay Alive is the story of it's author Matt Haig and his battle to overcome depression and severe anxiety. Mental Health awareness is something that has been on everyone's radar in the last few years and I think it's a big problem in our modern society - it's an issue that most of us have to face daily, whether we are struggling with MH problems ourselves or trying to understand and support someone who has them. This book is an honest and up-front account of what it really is like to be a young person who is done with life.
One of the main reasons I hadn't read this book is because I was convinced it would be a patronising, self-help book that I have read in the past and found no help in them. I was completely wrong. This book isn't a self-help book, it's more of a guide and example of how someone else has felt like this before and now they are in a better place. It shows there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Sometimes this book is uncomfortable to read. Not in a bad way though, it is just written straight from the heart and is quite blunt at times in regards to how Haig actually felt at various stages of his depression. It's quite hard-hitting as I personally could relate to lots of the things he had said. What makes this book worth the read is that, despite the tough reading matter, it's humorous and optimistic. The narrative reminds the reader that there is hope if you have depression or anxiety, and that there are so many reasons to stay alive.
I've been reading this on the Blloon app but I think I will have to buy myself a copy because it's one of those books I can see myself going back to read over and over again. A gem of a book and a perfect insight to what it's really like for anyone suffering with severe depression or other mental health problems.