Tuesday 6 February 2024

Book Review - Reasons to Stay Alive - Matt Haig

Reasons to Stay AliveReasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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 to live better, love better, read better and feel more.

There is nothing particularly startling in this book but it could be helpful for someone in the same position Matt was, or to give those who think it's ok to suggest "pull yourself together" to someone with depression an idea of what is helpful and what isn't.

Matt was fortunate to have a very understanding partner (now his wife) and supportive family. Not everyone contemplating suicide can say the same.

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  1. Interesting. I just watched Tom Hanks in A Man Called Otto. Sobering.


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