Our Interview with Matt Haig

Author Matt Haig chronicled the anxiety and depression he experienced which led him to consider taking his own life in his first bestselling memoir Reasons to Stay Alive.

Now, with his new book Notes on a Nervous World hitting the shelves, Matt explains to the Mind membership magazine why he has turned his attention to the impact modern life is having on our mental health.

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Matt on Notes on a Nervous Planet...

It's not prescriptive: I'm not saying 'do this' or 'don't do this', because I don't have the answers and I'm not in a perfect place in terms of my mental health or how I live my life. But I would like to help people be a bit more mindful. The book is about saying, 'Look, we as a society are changing very quickly but we have the same minds we have always had. We all know change can be stressful in our own lives, so what is the speed of change we're currently experiencing doing to us collectively?

Matt on breaking down...

What I refer to as my breakdown, which was diagnosed as panic disorder, depression and anxiety, was the worst experience of my life. The first time it happened, I thought it would stay forever. I was totally confused. I was armed with no knowledge about anything. I was given the wrong pills. I felt like I had absolutely no way out. It made me suicidal

Matt on learning through illness...

When you're in a deeply anxious state, you're almost stripped bare, you feel everything more. It's a horrible feeling - I wouldn't wish that on anyone - but it can be an educational one. If you feel perfectly well, calm and happy, you wouldn't necessarily know how things affect you or what makes you feel worse or better. There are things we can learn within our illnesses.

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