I just started reading Matt Haig’s recent novel, The Midnight Library. I’m a little bit behind, because his latest non-fiction book just came out earlier this week. What better occasion is there, I figure, to go back in time and revisit his 2015 memoir, Reasons to Stay Alive.
At the age of 24, Haig faced the biggest challenge of his life: depression. In Reasons to Stay Alive, he tells the story of his own struggle and shares what keeps him going. Spoilers: it was not a smooth road to recovery. Haig speaks honestly, acknowledging that mental illness is not rational nor is it an active choice that people make.