Welcome to my website. And welcome to my first blog. I am a late convert to all this online malarkey but now the conversion has happened, I’ve decided to make a real go of it. I intend to use this site to bring together...Read More
My Latest Book
Living Better (Paperback)
How I Learned To Survive Depression
"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.’
Essentially admitting a crime took place in Number 10 and signalling to all criminals and their lawyers that if they commit a crime, but aren’t caught within a year, they have the johnson doctrine as defence. Honestly never thought I would like in a Britain without rule of law
And this guys the Justice Secretary https://twitter.com/robdunsmore/status/1467434061610512387
Should have gone to a Downing Street lockdown party, silly.
#ToryBritain #ToryLies #COVID19 #TorySleaze
The always superb @susannareid100 carefully, thoughtfully & forensically summarizes public outrage at the No 10 Christmas party
Trying to get my head round the @metpoliceuk saying they don’t pursue crimes ‘retrospectively’ as Step 1 in ‘no further action to be taken’ re criminal parties in No 10. How many criminal acts are not in the past? What a ludicrous country we are becoming with Johnson in No 10.