Reasons to say alive - Review #13


Last Sunday I was on my break and happened to be looking at books (as you do) and I came across a book that caught my eye straight away. I knew I had to buy it, I wasn't going to leave without it.

Reasons to Stay Alive
"I want life. I want to read it and write it and feel it and live it. I want, for as much of the time as possible in this blink-of-an-eye existence we have, to feel all that can be felt. I hate depression. I am scared of it. Terrified, in fact. But at the same time, it has made me who I am. And if - for me - it is the price of feeling life, it's a price always worth paying.

Reasons to Stay Alive is about making the most of your time on earth. In the western world the suicide rate is highest amongst men under the age of 35. Matt Haig could have added to that statistic when, aged 24, he found himself staring at a cliff-edge about to jump off. This is the story of why he didn't, how he recovered and learned to live with anxiety and depression. It's also an upbeat, joyous and very funny exploration of how live better, love better, read better and feel more."

This book was one of the best books I've ever picked up, honestly I mean it. I'm glad I've started 2016 off with this phenomenal book. Matt Haig tackles his own personal experiences with Mental Health in a way you can relate to it if you've ever felt the wrath of depression. I find it hard to explain depression & anxiety, but Matt has explained it incredibly. It's nice to be able to read so much about his experiences and completely understand and relate to things that I'm currently going through. It's a relief to know that you aren't crazy or being silly because what you're feeling / gone through might be in this book, It certainly was for me! I love how Matt always states that things will get better even if you don't believe it, he shows that back then he didn't feel as though things would get better and he is now coping. The beauty of this book is it shows the raw feelings of people that go through depression/anxiety it is important to get across to people that it's not irrational or silly it's a serious illness. Matt tells us what to say to a depressed person and what not to say to a depressed person which in all honestly is accurate. I feel as though everybody who has ever suffered depression/anxiety or are suffering needs to pick up this book, It will make you feel less alone knowing you're struggling with what Matt went through, It will give you motivation to not give up and try and believe people who constantly try their best to let you know thing wont always feel so bad. I think people who haven't experienced this type of illness should put the effort into reading it as it would give you so much information about it that you didn't know and honestly? It would make you more aware and sensitive towards people.It's nice to finally be able to see and read a book about depression in the raw, personal sides of things to show what it's really like.

Buy it here -

Matt Haig you wonderful human, I wish you all the best

Love, Beth.x

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