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Up next @katieprice and her sister Sophie … all go on @gmb ...

Made it back in time! Gearing up for a return to @gmb and @susannareid100 630am tomorrow. Just landed @heathrow_airport and first off must say it was the smoothest exit thru the airport I can remember in ages and ages. So thanks to Heathrow, Border Force and of course to @pritipatel … there, you didn’t expect that did you? Now I have your attention, could you please use any influence you have to get a government minister on the show tomorrow? Have just read the line up and on the brief a line stands out. ‘Government not putting up a minister!’ I have worked in government Comms. During times of national concern and challenge clear and consistent messaging and communication is a duty of government. Being challenged on its actions is part of democracy, especially when Parliament is in recess. Please don’t use the ‘it’s Labour’s week’ argument as that convention went ages ago. So if you or anyone in @10downingstreet are listening please put a minister up for interview. We have lots of other interesting guests, political and non political, but I think it is important the government is properly represented. We can kick off with my current love for the Border Force that my fears of a long Heathrow wait evaporated in seconds ...

Almost got the giggles here. Had @disgracecampbell in my head with one of her favourites … ‘Imagine what it would be like if your views actually mattered Dad!’ Fair point ...

This guy in Sharjah was bemused … kept asking me why we went ahead with Brexit when we knew it would lead to the kind of mess we see now. Good question sir. ...

Dead big in Sharjah …. Interesting how interviewers here seem able to join the dots between Brexit and petrol shortages and staffing crises in various sectors which are becoming big news around the world. Only in the place where the problems are playing out is our politics and media playing the new national sport of Ignoring Elephants in Rooms. ...

They definitely knew I was coming. Check into hotel and find not only is there a cold water pool, but there is a Tree of the Day contender right there by the pool side. ...

Nice ready made Tree of the Day podium there, right out the train window ...

No idea if this will upload. My morning ramble ...

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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