Reasons To Stay Alive: Matt Haig’s mental health memoir is becoming a TV show

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Reasons To Stay Alive is a memoir, all about mental health struggles, from the brilliant Matt Haig. And now, the 2015 book is set to be adapted into a TV show. You’ll find all the info we currently know below…

Trade publication Deadline Hollywood broke the news exclusively, reporting that Two Brothers Pictures (the producers on such shows as Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s fantastic Fleabag) is developing the project for UKTV.

The series will be comedy-drama series, and UKTV told Deadline that it is in “very early stages of development”.  There’s no word yet on casting on release date, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled for further announcements.

If you’re not familiar with the book, the Kindle version is currently less than a fiver from Amazon. And here’s the synopsis, courtesy of GoodReads

“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 with the help of reading, writing, and the love of his parents and his girlfriend (and now-wife), Andrea. And eventually, he learned to appreciate life all the more for it.

“Everyone’s lives are touched by mental illness: if we do not suffer from it ourselves, then we have a friend or loved one who does. Matt’s frankness about his experiences is both inspiring to those who feel daunted by depression and illuminating to those who are mystified by it. Above all, his humour and encouragement never let us lose sight of hope. Speaking as his present self to his former self in the depths of depression, Matt is adamant that the oldest cliché is the truest—there is light at the end of the tunnel. He teaches us to celebrate the small joys and moments of peace that life brings, and reminds us that there are always reasons to stay alive.”

Haig’s time-travel novel, How To Stop Time, is also in development for a live-action adaption: Benedict Cumberbatch is attached to star in a film version of that one.

As we hear more about the TV adaptation of Reasons To Stay Alive, and the movie version of How To Stop Time, we’ll be sure to keep you informed.