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Back with my friends in the 7am Lido queue. Being ticked off by the ‘Sales Prevention Team’ (we don’t like it packed) for singing its praises on telly @gmb - @therealfionamillar still in Eskimo gear. I am one layer today #warm ...

Well thank you @gmb - sleep pattern well and truly banjaxed ... ...

Tree of the Day courtesy of @kayburley_ who is about to interview me Re Living Better with this amazing backdrop ... #mentalhealthawareness link in bio if not too late !! ...

Check out my story for details but on the third anniversary of the death of the wonderful Tessa Jowell the @tessajowellfoundation is launching fundraiser for TJ Centres of Excellence and if you can’t do the big bucks donations (hey Tony how did you find @gmb ) buy the merch. This hoodie on a par with @warringtonrlfc which is the best I’ve ever had !! Ps also look out for Seb Coe tribute fron this morning programme. So warm. Those guys were a great team London 2012. Legacy lives on ...

Ok folks. Someone who looks a bit like this will be talking to me and @susannareid100 on @gmb this morning. About Lots Of Things. And before anyone says that is two Labour lefties talking to each other ... 1. He is not as leftie as I am! 2. We also have George Eustice, Seb Coe and Vinnie Jones who have all identified as Tories at times! We have Denise van Outen too. Don’t know about her politics. I have helped TB prepare for thousands of interviews in my time and am thoroughly enjoying his discomfort that I won’t prepare him for this one. ‘I’m only doing this for you Ali ... the office think it is bonkers!’ Well, if you don’t listen to your office Tony ... I feel if I briefed you I would have to brief George too. Looking forward to it. Really am .... #getthebandbacktogether ...

I got for a quiet swim and my bloody daughter @disgracecampbell films me ‘cos your @gmb thing is quite good for my brand at the moment dad! Ought to get me more followers.’ Shameless. ...

Paps chasing me for pictures of my new swimming bag as I snap today’s Tree of the Day ... Leave me alone respect my privacy ...

As @ulrikajonssonofficial discovered this morning on @gmb the indexes of my diaries are key research for interviews. On this page volume 8 is a guest coming on tomorrow. Not a Blair. And not Bin Laden! Free Signed Living Better first correct answer. Ps got messages today from people saying they were getting ‘sold out’ messages for my and @therealfionamillar online event with @kayburley_ Weds. it was a glitch - Link in Bio ...

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek with Nature as its theme. So out I went into lovely Trent Park to talk psychedelics with Carole Routledge chief scientist from @small_pharma_
- the first company in the world to bring DMT assisted therapy (medication plus talking) to treat depression, into clinical trials.

Watch the clip and search 'Small Pharma' to find out more about this groundbreaking work. Neither she nor I have ever taken illicit drugs and this is Class A so should only ever be taken under medical supervision. But she is convinced It offers people the chance of a better life and a way to deal with depression.

#ConnectWithNature #MentalHealth #Depression #DepressionHelp #SmallPharma
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My Latest Book

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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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