CW’s: Mental Health Struggles, Mention of Suicide Attempt
Representation 🌷 Author has Anxiety & Depression
Written by Daniel Howell, in conjunction with a qualified psychologist, in an entertaining and personal way from the perspective of someone who has been through it all—this no-nonsense book gives you the tools to understand your mind so you can be in control and really live. Split into three chapters for each stage of the journey:
This Night – how to get through your toughest moments and be prepared to face anything.
Tomorrow – small steps to change your thoughts and actions with a big impact on your life.
The Days After – help to look after yourself in the long term and not just survive, but thrive.
You will laugh and learn—but most of all, this book will assure you that even in your darkest times, there is always hope.
You will get through this night.
It was a good idea to pair a popular YouTuber who has experienced Mental Health Struggles and a licensed psychiatrist as consultation. Especially for a practical guide, I think it’s great that we get the insight of someone dealing with Mental Health, who knows what it’s like and therefore understands any fellow readers who are also trying to cope! At the same time, having an expert in the field was also important to fact check for errors and make sure that this book is both accurate and also helpful. This gives the book a scientific and trustworthy foundation, as this isn’t an Autobiography (though Dan does bring in his own experiences at appropriate times) and more of a Guide! I personally loved Dan’s videos in high school, they have been a great source of comfort for me and still are, even though he hasn’t been active on YouTube in recent years. Therefore, I was very excited to see that Dan had a book coming out and was eager to support him, especially as I love his humor and how he uses it to talk about Mental Health 🥰 You don’t have to have watched his videos in order to enjoy the book, but it added a whole nostalgic and comforting tone to my reading experience! (He still has many great videos on his channel, so I do recommend giving them a go 😉) I love how Dan is using his platform to destigmatize Mental Health, so this book was very special for me!
If you want to watch Dan’s first video talking openly about his Mental Health here it is!
I loved that this is a Practical Guide with exercises that attempts to cover the many areas of life that affect Mental Health. Obviously, the book cannot cover everything, so it’s more of an overview of Mental Health and the ways we can cope with Mental Health Struggles. I think that it was a fantastic idea to give the reader a broad overview about Psychology in an easy-to-understand language with practical suggestions along the way to make it more actionable! The book is separated into three parts: This Night, Tomorrow & The Days After. That makes this Guide even more structured by theming the exercises and information around what kind of help you currently need, be it in the very crisis, short-term or long-term. The author emphasis that the book was designed to be read out of chronological order, so you can read the pieces that most apply in the moment first and are able to easily find them within the book. In general, the book was valuable as it touches upon many important topics and especially what impacts our Mental Health, but also acknowledges that not every exercise will work universally and you should take from the book what personally helps you! I liked that a lot, as some things like meditation or PMR don’t work for me at all, but could be helpful for others! ❤
IN CONCLUSION. ➽ You Will Get Through This Night is a great Practical Mental Health Guide that explains the basics of our Mental Health and Psychology, but also provides helpful exercises to cope with our struggles! It’s structured in three parts and themed around the kind of help that is needed in a crisis, short-term and long-term. This is a valuable book and great introduction into Mental Health that covers all its bases!
Have you read You Will Get Through This Night? What is your favorite book about mental health? 🌷