Updated: Feb 1, 2019
During our mental health first aid training course, we spend time looking at depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts - and how we might give someone a reason to stay alive. If you've ever wondered what its like to live with depression, or you've ever experienced symptoms yourself, Matt Haig's best-seller gives a unique insight.
Aged 24, Matt Haig’s world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. His book, Reasons To Stay Alive, is a true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again.
A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth.
‘I wrote this book because the oldest clichés remain the truest. Time heals. The bottom of the valley never provides the clearest view. The tunnel does have light at the end of it, even if we haven’t been able to see it . . . Words, just sometimes, really can set you free.’
As a mental health first aid trainer, Matt's book offers a genuine understanding of how it feels to live with anxiety and depression and a useful reference point when talking to people about these conditions. It's recommended reading for anyone interested in mental health.