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A nice Tree of the Day Olympic podium on a great day for @teamGB ...

I’m bored. Can we go home now please? ...

A good day to draw attention to the sub-title of Vol 8 of my diaries, covering 2010-2015. Rise and Fall of the Olympic Spirit. It felt so wonderful to be British during that incredible opening ceremony and the Games and Paralympic Games which followed were the best ever. The country has changed so much for the worse since then. And to those tempted to say ‘why don’t you F off and live in France then …?’ We can’t. 90 days max. Congrats to Tokyo for their opening ceremony. Considering the difficulties and restrictions it was a very special event. I loved that the last two athletes to carry the torch were a female Paralympian and @naomiosaka who has done a lot to shine a light on mental health. ...

Tree of the Day to my friend Lucie … ‘looks like broccoli’ ...

Tree of the Day. Windsor Great Park ...

I wonder if it is our money that gets wasted on this attempt to pretend Johnson is popular. Or roubles. ...

This is an old story folks … So @borisjohnsonuk and @rishisunakmp were randomly selected by the pilot that allows them to avoid their own rules applying to them. But Mugabe had a similar stroke of luck. I met the guy a few times. Truly revolting. Johnson heading very much into that league of leader ...

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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