Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt HaigMatt Haig’s accessible and life-affirming memoir of his struggle with depression, and how his triumph over the illness taught him to live.
Destined to become a modern classic. —Entertainment Weekly
Like nearly one in five people, Matt Haig suffers from depression. Reasons to Stay Alive is Matt’s 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 (and 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. Matt’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, Matt is adamant that the oldest cliché 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.
Reasons To Stay Alive
13 Reasons Why … You Should Stay Alive
The Netflix show 13 Reasons Why has definitely caused some recent controversy. Some feel that the show encourages teens to think about suicide as a viable option to deal with their problems while others feel it spotlights the issues of youth suicide, bullying, and sexual assault which plague our society. We need to bre ak this silence so those suffering will feel safe reaching out for help. For those who are struggling with thoughts of suicide, here are 13 reasons you should choose to live:. Hopefully at least one of these reasons will speak to you so you choose to live. Reach out for help and things will get better.
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Depression is a debilitating, devastating illness. Please understand that these feelings are symptoms of depression.
When I was 24 I very nearly killed myself. I was living in Ibiza at the time, in a very nice villa, on the quiet east coast of the island. The villa was right next to a cliff. In the midst of depression I walked out to the edge of the cliff and looked at the sea, and at the rugged limestone coastline, dotted with deserted beaches. I was too busy trying to summon the courage needed to throw myself over the edge. Instead, I walked back inside and threw up from the stress of it. Three more years of depression followed.
You may not think it right now, but you getting through this depression and this anger, hurt and resentment toward life is only making you tougher. Everything ends, that means this will too. You are going to be able to say you beat the pain, and be able to help others through theirs. Whether you believe in God or not, He has an incredible plan for your life regardless if you want Him to or not, and the truth behind that is in the Bible. I mean really hurt. You are not alone. I hurt too.
I know the terror you feel in your heart. The fear and panic feel like they are running through your arms and body, even piercing you like needles. It is OK to cry, to stare, and to be angry, to scream or to stay frozen for a little while. It will subside. You do not need to hurt yourself even though you hurt right now.