Notes on... How to Survive the End of the World

We haven't read this book. Okay, that's not strictly true, we haven't finished this book, but we're admitting it to you. We're not willing to rush this one because, having had first hand experience with anxiety and depression, we can literally feel this novel doing us good as we read. And deadlines, quite frankly, are anxiety-inducing d*ckheads.  

Author, Aaron Gillies, is Twitter goliath @TechnicallyRon, a man whose turn of phrase in 140 characters propelled him to 144,000 followers but who, with 480,000 characters to play with, can put the spotlight on depression and anxiety with a warmth and wit unlike any self-help book. And this is no self-help book. Gillies describes it as "a reminder that you can do this" book.

Explaining his mental health issues openly and honestly you feel — if you can relate — like he's placing a warm arm around your shoulder. If, like Aaron's, your brain is your own worst enemy, you'll tear-up recognising your symptoms in him, while seconds later you'll be belly laughing about the battle some 18% of the nation admit to fighting every day. The real number will be substantially higher.

From panic attacks, to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, from spending weeks in bed, to real practical advice on managing your issues, this is a charmingly written book, but more importantly it feels like a turning point in mental health discussion. And as such it's a worthwhile buy for anybody. Those who suffer, those who know people who suffer, or those that are simply willing to stick their hand in the air and say "I give a sh*t."

And if you can't get your hands on this book for any reason — maybe you can't afford it right now — you can have our copy the moment we're done with it.