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Tree of the Day. ...

Tree of the Day is just over the wall at Pentonville prison - looks like Johnson’s hair after he has been in there for a few years ...

Tree of the Day. Urban. ...

Thanks Kaya Mar …. I do like a lame duck painting ...

Thank you @nus_ghani constituent who sent me this letter from the MP Re complaints about parties. Reading between the lines I am guessing the letter has gone in. Reading further between the lines, giving all else that is going on, I am seeing a campaign fought on several fronts by Tory MPs who have finally finally what was blindingly obvious for years - that Johnson is unfit for low office let alone high office. I want to see him gone as much as anyone. Problem is the hard right Tory Party will ensure his successor is politically as bad if not worse. The whole Party has to go. ...

Tree of the Day spotted en route home from Arsenal. Looks like it is part of the building. ...

Tree of the Day spotted en route home from Arsenal game. Looks like it is part of the building. ...

Here we go. Got to get something out of this. ...

Proper mic. #utc great view for the Arsenal own goals and red card ...

Tree of the Day. Another win for the bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Looooooow-mond ...

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.’