Whenever I’m confronted with someone who says they’re thinking of voting Tory, I ask them to name three things David Cameron would do as Prime Minister? Even with people who follow politics closely, it tends to pull...Read More
Author: Alastair Campbell
I have already vlogged about my (and Barack Obama’s’) favourite book on politics, Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Her brilliant account of the political genius of Abraham Lincoln was already a hugely...Read More
Interviews. You might think it’s easy just to open and close your mouth and see what comes out, but as I come to the end of a day promoting the Time to Change report, I feel more understanding of the time TB said to me...Read More
I’m on my way to the BBC to go on Newsnight and talk about the Time to Change report on famous figures in history who had mental health problems. Jeremy Paxman has a reputation as a tough interrogator, but on the personal...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.’
Watching #makemeprimeminister -guessing this is the second season, hope it has a better winner than season one, @trussliz is absolutely laughable
The cost of Kwarteng so far. £20 billion a year. https://twitter.com/HuhneChris/status/1574841982748430346
Sir Charlie Bean - ex Bank of England chief economist - just told Channel 4 that the rise in interest rates (including long dated gilts) since Friday will cost the Government an extra £20 bln a year. #economy #PoundSterling #mortgages
Can’t believe you chose a picture where I appear to have a double chin. Don’t ruin your #babemagnet strategy @SayeedaWarsi
Amazing production team @twofourtweets
Brilliant idea @MattEdmondson #ReesHowell
Creative commissioners @Channel4
And crew, support staff, hair & make up - a whole team that worked flat out.
Now let’s get this show on the road @campbellclaret