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When you’re trying to do some work and the dog decides your lap is the only place on earth where she will settle ...

I was so wrapped up in football and Biden-Putin yesterday I forgot to post my Tree of the Day. Found this one as it reminds me of 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 amazing performance. Looks out of its depth and ready to roll over with bigger trees all around. But somehow stands up, looks great and wins! Hope 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 can provide something as magical tomorrow ...

Tree of the Day out of the rear window of a fast car. I was in the front. Not driving. ...

It’s the sun wot wins it for today’s Tree of the Day …. Whose value is now greater than the paper of that name ...

Strange one for Tree of the Day. The thing is I have been stuck in front of the 📺 all pm watching ⚽️ and when I was out on my 🚴 this morning I forgot my 📱 amazingly (v rare event) so I am going for the Ham and High Tree of the Week as my Tree of the Day. Yes they do a TotW! Further proof in the merit of my Tree Olympics idea - they can be media partner!! Amazing tree. Now back to the ⚽️ ...

Every word @dailymirror ...

If you want to read more about our recent trip to the North Coast of Scotland the @dailymirror asked me to write a piece extolling its virtues. LINK IN BIO for our travelogue and some stunning landscape photos. (and my post-swim cold look while @therealfionamillar just looks cool). With thanks to @victoriapaynetravel who helped Fiona plan the trip and keep it a total secret from me till we got there. ...

Just a few of the thousands of lies and false promises made by the Brexit Liars and Charlatans five years ago and since. The front cover illustration for my @theneweuropean column this week. These people really do deserve a very special place in Hell ...

My Latest Book

Living Better – Paperback Cover

Living Better (Paperback)

How I Learned To Survive Depression

by

Alastair Campbell




"Superbly readable, supremely useful. This book could save lives."

Stephen Fry

LIVING BETTER is Alastair Campbell’s honest, moving and life affirming account of his lifelong struggle with depression. It is an autobiographical, psychological and psychiatric study, which explores his own childhood, family and other relationships, and examines the impact of his professional and political life on himself and those around him. But it also lays bare his relentless quest to understand depression not just through his own life but through different treatments. Every bit as direct and driven, clever and candid as he is, this is a book filled with pain, but also hope - he examines how his successes have been in part because of rather than despite his mental health problems - and love. His partner of forty years, Fiona Millar, writes a moving afterword on how she too has learned to live with his depression.

Depression is the predominant mental health problem worldwide - it is estimated that 1 in 6 people in the past week experienced a common mental health problem and major depression is thought to be the second leading cause of disability worldwide. LIVING BETTER is a call to arms and an extraordinary memoir in one compelling and inspiring narrative. This is a book that really could save lives.

Alastair Campbell says: ‘We all know someone with depression. There is barely a family untouched by it. We may be talking about it more than we did, back in the era of 'boys don't cry' - they did you know - and when a brave face or a stiff upper lip or a best foot forward was seen as the only way to go. But we still don't talk about it enough. There is still stigma, and shame, and taboo. There is still the feeling that admitting to being sad or anxious makes us weak. It took me years, decades even to get to this point, but I passionately believe that the reverse is true and that speaking honestly about our feelings and experiences (whether as a depressive or as the friend or relative of a depressive) is the first and best step on the road to recovery.’

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