Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

Reasons to Stay Alive

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 th...

Details Reasons to Stay Alive

TitleReasons to Stay Alive
Release DateMar 5th, 2015
PublisherCanongate Books
GenreNonfiction, Health, Mental Health, Autobiography, Memoir, Psychology, Self Help

Reviews Reasons to Stay Alive

  • Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
    FINALLY! A book about depression that makes sense, that those with depression will read and sit nodding their heads and agreeing all the way through it. No psychobabble here (from Psychologists who have never experienced depression) - just real raw telling of Matt Haig's journey with the dreaded black dog. This book should be given or bought by EVERYONE battling depression, or has a loved one battling it. It's everywhere you know. Matt so simply ...
  • Es Summer
    If you are doubting to read this book, read this quote: "The world is increasingly designed to depress us.Happiness isn't very good for the economy. If we were happy with what we had, why would we need more? How do you sell an anti-ageing moisturizer? You make someone worry about ageing.How do you get people to vote for a political party? You make them worry about immigration.How do you get them to buy insurance? By making them worry about everyt...
  • Lotte
    4.5/5 stars. If you've suffered from depression and/or anxiety yourself at some point in your life or you know someone that has (and it's very likely that you do) this book is an absolute must-read.
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    Beautiful. Informative. Powerful.Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge Notes:- 34. A book about mental illness
  • ☘Misericordia☘ ✺❂❤❣
    One of the most beautifully written books I have ever read. Inspiration almost drips off the pages. It's honest and vivid enough to make difference even for people who have done no personal trips to the hellish planet of Depression.And the imagery! Don't get me started on it or I won't get any sleep today! I love when concepts are mixed with guidelines and wisdom of someone who has been there and done all that.I can't imagine why I never knew abo...
  • Hattie Grünewald
    I won this proof on twitter from Matt and though I don't often review books here, I thought that probably I owed him that. Not just for giving me a free copy, but for writing the book in the first place.Let me be honest, I started reading this and thought "This book isn't written for me". But then I thought "There are people I would like to read this, because it feels so familiar to me." I would like to give it to people who are close to people w...
  • Joanne Harris
    I received an ARC of this book from Canongate. My usual technique, when reading an ARC, is to read 5 pages, then take a view as to whether I'm going to actually read the book. With REASONS TO STAY ALIVE, I'd passed the 50-page mark before I remembered to take a view, and by then I was down the rabbit-hole. Matt Haig is a marvellous writer: limpid; tender; passionate. In this memoir (and it's short, barely 200 pages long), he manages to articulate...
  • Emma
    So good that it should be required reading. In schools. For GPs. Everyone. Haig says that each mind breaks differently, but I think his heartfelt words will say/mean something to anyone who has felt anxiety or depression. Some sections were so real that I had to put the book aside for a while. It's brilliant and hopeful. My thanks to Matt Haig for sharing so much of himself. It's not something most of us are able to do.
  • Vanessa
    Wow. Wow. Wow. What an absorbing and powerful read. This was a book I purposefully set out to read slowly and in snippets mainly because many of the books themes took me to places too familiar and disturbing but I also couldn’t look away instead I devoured this in almost one sitting. Like a tragic car accident you can’t help staring at, I couldn’t stop reading. There’s times this book felt suffocating and uncomfortable like reliving a pas...
  • Thomas
    "Now, listen. If you have ever believed a depressive wants to be happy, you are wrong. They could not care less about the luxury of happiness. They just want to feel an absence of pain. To escape a mind on fire, where thoughts blaze and smoke like old possessions lost to arson. To be normal."A meaningful book about depression, anxiety, and creating reasons to stay alive. Like a modern day William Styron, Matt Haig shares his experience with depre...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    4.5 starsIf you’re easily triggered by descriptions of other people’s mental illnesses, I would advice against reading this during low points. There’s some very in-depth descriptions of his dark thoughts and the panic and depression he felt, and it was really uncomfortable to confront. I think the title misled me because I picked this book up on a bad night hoping it would be uplifting, but I almost immediately had to put it back down when ...
  • Amy | shoutame
    Not too long ago I was approached by Canongate about this book. They had seen that I made a recommendation video on my YouTube channel for books relating to mental health and because of this they thought I would enjoy this book. Mental health awareness is something I consider to be of the utmost importance - having suffered with depression and anxiety from a young age this is definitely a topic I hold dear to my heart.Now I have to be honest - I'...
  • Imane
    “How to stop time: kiss.How to travel in time: read.How to escape time: music.How to feel time: write.How to release time: breathe.” ― Matt Haig, Reasons to Stay AliveThis was OK ! There were some bits I related to, others not so much. However, the writing style was simple and accessible, the paragraphs; short and concise. This is a good read if you're beginning your journey of learning about depression :)
  • Sarah
    3.5 stars.I enjoyed reading this. It was such an honest and personal account of what Matt Haig went through. I could really relate to this but reading some parts were hard because of that. I kind of wish I read this when I was in a better mental space because I might have gotten more out of it but I think he did a really good job. I especially liked a passage that I have highlighted below about depression (I marked it with a * to differentiate it...
  • Julie Eilén
    I feel like this book is a friend I very much needed.
  • Liz Barnsley
    A fuller review MAY follow but my initial reactions to this book, just after finishing it, you can find here.It is ironic (is that the right word I wonder?) that the author who gave me my first reason to stay alive, at a time when I struggled to find one - with his previous novel, The Humans - then went on to write openly, elegantly and with no holds barred, about his own experiences of depression and anxiety. And called it "Reasons to Stay Alive...
  • Antonia
    “Wherever you are, at any moment, try and find something beautiful. A face, a line out of a poem, the clouds out of a window, some graffiti, a wind farm. Beauty cleans the mind.” This was really good. I almost read it in one sitting, every time a 'chapter' ended, I wanted to continue. I got this for christmas and, as I am dealing with an anxiety disorder and depressive episodes, I wanted to read this for quite some time but I didn't know what...
  • Annika
    I'm so conflicted, and I feel really bad rating this two stars. Maybe it's more like a 2.5 for me?I do genuinely appreciate a lot of things about this, but at the same time I just couldn't connect. Honestly, if you're planning to read this - my lack of enjoyment over this book is probably a 'me-problem' and you should just go for it. I'm just not one of the people who 'get' this book, I guess.Just to jot things down quickly(ish):Things I enjoyed ...
  • BookwormDH
    This is a fantastic book. I've been meaning to read it for a long time, but it was certainly worth the wait! I suffer from the illness myself, and this book is so much better than most self-help books.Travelling through, Matt Haig's journey and experience with severe anxiety and depression, this account manages to portray an understandable and readable insight into the illness. If you suffer from this or know someone who does, this book is an ess...
  • Sonya Serial Reader
    Wait about my video about mental illness, this book made me decide to do it, to come out and dare to say it outloud, yes I have depression and anxiety disorder, I am fighting them everyday, and I relate to every single thing in this book (even though there are some differences). Gonna talk to you soon about it all. till then, keep fighting, keep hoping. Life is not as bad as it may seem some days!
  • Ryan
    Talking about depression is something we should do more of. I want to see the shift in thinking and mental health be accepted as the burden that it is. There's some great stuff in this book, an example of which is the idea that physical illness Is something you have, mental illness becomes something you are. There's no detaching from it.I think trying to talk someone about of depression with rational reasons is a big waste of time. They've probab...
  • Evelyn (devours and digests words)
    'When you are depressed you feel alone, and that no one is going through quite what you are going through. You are so scared of appearing in any way mad you internalise everything, and you are so scared that people will alienate you further you clam up and don't speak about it, which is a shame, as speaking about it helps. Words - spoken or written - are what connect us to the world, and so speaking about it to people, and writing about this stu...
  • Leilah Skelton
    Reasons to read this book: 1) You have suffered/ are suffering depression and/or anxiety.2) You know someone who has suffered/ is suffering depression and/or anxiety.If you’re asking the question “Is this book for me?”, then the answer is simply, statistically speaking, that this book is for everybody. There isn’t a single person who wouldn’t benefit from the candid insights and sincerity it contains. Matt Haig has given us a book that ...
  • madamereadsalot
    Right now, I don't want to give a rating. Reason? Because I listened to the audiobook for the first half and only for the Second half accompied by having the physical book with me. This resulted in me often being very tired while listening to it on audible, thus feeling I was more awake and more noticing what I read in the second half. (And I don't know if only because of that, I liked the Second half way more.) What I generally can say: this boo...
  • Ammara Abid
    Rightly mentioned in the book, "The fame and money do not immunise you from mental health problems"Depression sucks. It deteriorates you internally and keep on spreading like a virus without causing any prominent symptoms. Once you get dwell in this deep lethal sea of darkness i.e.,Depression, it's hard to overcome, one feel helpless, lonely, sad, lost, purposeless life, few make suicidal attempts but one should live, cope up from this & survive ...
  • Amal Bedhyefi
    Finished my first book of 2017 <3This book is a memoir and a kind-of a self help book at the same time , Matt Haig opens up about his long life suffer from deppression and anxiety .Brilliant .hopeful .powerful. informative . and beautifully written .This book should be required reading in schools ,UNIs everywhere .Loved the way he wrote in this book , the way he described anxiety and deppression , i felt his pain throughout his words and that's w...
  • Paula Dennan
    "MINDS ARE UNIQUE. They go wrong in unique ways. My mind went wrong in a slightly different way to how other minds go wrong. Our experience overlaps with other people’s, but it is never exactly the same experience."I first came across Matt Haig on Twitter via some articles he wrote about living with depression, I then read The Humans and loved it and was looking forward to reading Reasons to Stay Alive.Reasons to Stay Alive is part memoir, part...
  • Khadidja
    i honestly felt his pain through the pages. and i'm glad he shared with the world his experience by writing this book. “And most of all, books. They were, in and of themselves, reasons to stay alive. Every book written is the product of a human mind in a particular state. Add all the books together and you get the end sum of humanity. Every time I read a great book I felt I was reading a kind of map, a treasure map, and the treasure I was being...
  • Acordul Fin
    “There is no standard normal. Normal is subjective. There are seven billion versions of normal on this planet.” If I'm very conflicted about how to rate this book. I've had quite a few problems with it. But it feels wrong somehow to blast someone's personal account of their struggle with mental illness. Because this is what this book is, a memoir. I feel that the title and the marketing were slightly misleading to me as I went into thinking i...
  • Chesca
    Matt Haig’s memoir Reasons to Stay Alive celebrates life humbly and earnestly in the drowning deep of anxiety and depression. It’s a must read.As someone who’s also suffering from depression and anxiety, even talking to my doctor at times makes me feel like a specimen under a microscope. I feel out of place and alone, like a time traveler from the past lost in a fast-moving future. I feel stuck and drowning and no one hears me screaming.B...