Leafing Through Pages for Mental Wellness

by Joy Celine Asto Reading Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho was my first brush with literature that tackles the intricacies of mental health. I found its premise interesting. Despite having virtually everything a woman her age could ask for, the titular character decided to end her life in a rented room in a convent. But why? By leafing through the book to look for answers to this question, I unknowingly plunged into the complexities of situations that people with mental health battles are often subjected to. What Coelho felt compelled to put in writing was likely his own experience…