How Not to Kill Yourself: A Survival Guide for Imaginative Pessimists
by Set Sytes Author with Dr. Faith G. Harper
Are you inclined to escape the crumminess of everyday life into fantasy worlds? Are you smart and imaginative in a way that isn't really suited to your surroundings? Are you definitely misunderstood, likely angry, and almost certainly depressed? Set Sytes, hailing from the UK, would prefer you stay alive and sort things out rather than the alternative, thanks. He figures there are better opportunities for you out there and lays it all out in a way that's compelling, funny, sharp, and useful. This book (please don't call it a self-help guide, asks the author) is ultimately about how to be a person in the world. It can be done non-miserably, we promise.
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Comments & Reviews
"Sytes uses humor and blunt speech to help shake the reader out of their funk. He doesn’t try to gloss over people’s pain with fluffy words about seeing the brighter side. He is gritty, real, and tells it like it is.
The advice offered will also help people live a better life, even if they aren’t truly suicidal. "
Why is this book so great? Because instead of singing the praises of positive thinking and looking on the bright side, it acknowledges that there is a lot of ugly, depressing crap in the world. That is, it tells the truth.
My favorite book about suicide of all
"Readers will find the short format and personal approach immediately accessible and appealing. How Not to Kill Yourself was written with no age range in mind, simply for the depressed. It will fill a great need in school and public libraries serving pre-teens to adults."
Voices of Youth Advocates magazine, April 2018
"Sytes ensures that readers feel seen, a critical departure from books that merely offer suggestions (or, far worse, platitudes)."
"...such an interesting book that looks into life dealing with depression and how to cope or deal with it. This is something not many, if any, authors are willing to do so without offending the reader."
"The best piece of literature I have ever read about depression...and I've read A LOT. Required reading for those with depression and those who know people with depression (which most people, I believe, fall into one or both categories)" https://www.instagram.com/p/BIQJzECgYB4/