Book Review: ReasonsTo Stay Alive by Matt Haig.

There are no two ways around it: Mental Illness is one of the most common experiences you can have, as a human being.


Whether you are feeling anxious and/or depressed because of something tangible that has happened in your life, or whether you can't find a reason, but feel terrible anyway....then I would like to recommend a book, that both of us Pachyderms here at The Elephant House have found really useful:


Matt Haig shares his own journey of suddenly having to live with disabling mental illness as a young man. He shares the darkness and difficulty, but also the things that may be helpful for the reader. It is a brutal account of living with severe anxiety and depression...but unlike many other books it is not written from the perspective of someone who has returned to the woolly comfort of so called 'Normality'( whatever that is!)

This is not a 'self help' guide as such, but it is a travel guide through one man's journeying through life in the midst of being chronically mentally ill.

The writing is pithy and chapters are short, so if you are unable to concentrate, you can dip in and out and gain some useful nuggets.

His tips are written with great humility, and are on the lines of: this has helped me, maybe some of you may find this helpful too.
 
Matt Haig ( now a successful writer of children and adult literature), only took up writing as a coping mechanism for dealing with his out-of-control-life. This book has rave reviews from celebrities and Joe Public alike, so check it out and see what resonates with your own experiences.





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