This review is spoiler free.
“You are never alone. You are in control of your mental health and you can make a change. No matter how dark it may get, if I can do it, so can you. You will get through this night.”
Published: 2021, by HQ.
Genre: Nonfiction, Health, Mental Health, Psychology. LGBT, Adult
Contains: Mental Health, Mental Illness, Homophobia, Depression, Anxiety, Therapy
‘You Will Get Through This Night’ is a practical guide to taking control of your mental health for today, tomorrow, and the days after, from the Sunday Times bestselling author and beloved entertainer. 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.
This book has been one of my most anticipated releases of the year, having followed Daniel Howell’s journey for over a decade. I knew this book would be important, having suffered with my mental health for around fifteen years now, and needless to say, this was a very educated read.
Howell’s writing style is very casual, personal, and educated. He’s clearly knowledgeable of the subject he’s discussing, backing it up with psychology and the details from psychologist, Dr Heather Bolton, and making every page count. With added humour and personal experiences, Howell made this read an incredibly relatable one, bridging the gap between those taboo topics of mental health.
Split into three parts, Today, Tomorrow, and The Days After That, it gives you psychical exercises that will keep you pushing a little further ahead to get through life. It’s incredibly practical, which he describes at the beginning of the book, and is in no way spiritual. It’s a practical guide, providing you with the science behind what you’re feeling and how to move past it.
This guide is absolutely perfect for those with little to limited experience of therapy or medication, seeking help being something that I’m fairly knowledgeable about. So, many of the exercises are those which I found myself nodding along with in experience. I already knew what it was telling me about, and found little help with. Nevertheless, it’s a brilliant guide for those just starting to seek help for the first time.
Overall, this was an okay read. As someone who favours more spiritual reads when it comes to self-help, I found this a little limiting to what it could offer me. However, this is definitely a book for those in dire need of something concrete to cling onto.