What Steven Salamon, one of our Trustees said about Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig: “A lot of us think suicide is a weakness and might feel anger because of the people they have left behind, but this book made me feel a great sadness for the pain in our Oli’s mind that was so great that he couldn’t find any way out of it but to take his own life.” We recommend a read for perspective.
What Steven Salamon, one of our Trustees said about The Midnight Library by Matt Haig:
“This is an amazing book about the realisation that you have only one life and you have to learn to live it, warts and all. There will be ups and downs, highs and lows, joy and despair, but it is no good having regrets and wondering what might have been if you had done something differently or made different choices. It is about controlling the uncontrollable, focusing on what you can achieve and not trying to live the life, or be the person, you believe others wish you to be.
‘It's not what you look at, it's what you see’ is a mantra running through the book. I take this message to mean look for the positives in life; love, family, morality, happiness. Recognise the lows for their inevitability but live your life so as to minimise the lows and maximise the positives. There is always hope and only you can make that hope become a reality.
‘Life begins on the other side of despair’ – Sartre.”
We thoroughly recommend this book as an enjoyable, fascinating read but one with a message from which we can all learn.