Like nearly one in five people, Matt Haig suffers from depression. Reasons to Stay Alive is his inspiring account of how, minute by minute and day by day, he overcame the disease with the help of reading, writing, and the love of his parents and his girlfriend (now wife), Andrea. And eventually, he learned to appreciate life all the more for it.
Everyone's lives are touched by mental illness; if we do not suffer from it ourselves, then we have a friend or loved one who does. Haig's frankness about his experiences is both inspiring to those who feel daunted by depression and illuminating to those who are mystified by it. Above all, his humor and encouragement never let us lose sight of hope. Speaking as his present self to his former self in the depths of depression, Haig is adamant that the oldest cliche is the truest-there is light at the end of the tunnel. He teaches us to celebrate the small joys and moments of peace that life brings, and reminds us that there are always reasons to stay alive.
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"Popular novelist Matt Haig (THE RADLEYS, THE DEAD FATHERS CLUB) provides a vocal performance as frank and honest as the story he recounts. As he describes his triumph over suicidal thoughts and his continual struggles with anxiety and depression, his pacing is measured enough for the listener to take in the weight of his suffering without it feeling cumbersome. He strikes a nice balance between the detached recollection of his first excruciating symptoms of mental illness and his passionate hope for continued recovery. The intensely personal significance that the text holds for Haig, coupled with his desire to connect with others in the same situation, makes for an intimate and meaningful listen. E.M.C. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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