On World Mental Health Day, download 'Reasons to Stay Alive' by Matt Haig free from East Riding Libraries

Thu, 10 Oct 2019

East Riding Libraries and Customer Services have launched a new ‘virtual book club’ on their free Borrowbox app where up to 500 people can download the same eBook simultaneously.

To mark World Mental Health Day today (10 October), the first title which customers can download in either eBook or eAudiobook format is the award winning and critically acclaimed ‘Reasons to Stay Alive’ by Matt Haig. The book will be available for up to 500 people to download at any one time, for the next month.

“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. Eventually, he learned to appreciate life all the more for it” (Goodreads, 2019)

The theme of World Mental Health Day set by the World Federation for Mental Health is suicide prevention, and Matt’s book provides an important story of survival, which could be very beneficial to those who are living with depression and their family and friends.  

Matt explains:

“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. It was the most beautiful view I had ever known, but I didn’t care. I was too busy trying to summon the courage needed to throw myself over the edge. I didn’t. Instead, I walked back inside and threw up from the stress of it.

 “But I survived. I am days away from being 38. But I’m here. Surrounded by people I love. And I am doing a job I never thought I’d be doing”, “I am so glad I didn’t kill myself…….Hang on in there if you can. Life is always worth it.”

The BorrowBox app can be downloaded free from the Play store or App store. Customers just need a library card number and pin to start borrowing (for those who are not members, it’s free and easy to join - pop in to any library, or visit www.eastridinglibraries.co.uk)

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