This is one of my longer posts, dear reader. Not quite as long as Dominic Cummings’ blogs,...Read More
Author: Alastair Campbell
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Memo to Paul Dacre … you’re being used by the posh boys. let charles moore make a fool of himself alone
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amid huge mental health implications of covid, there is a lot we can do to help ourselves and each other
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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.’
So we're going to sacrifice our domestic livestock farming for an New Zealand deal that will shrink our economy? But I suppose it will give Lord Hannan some solace for his pie in the sky #Canzuk white post-imperial project.
Nostalgia myalgia https://twitter.com/Otto_English/status/1451075464672464896
BREAKING: A deal which New Zealand that, according to the government's own figures, will at most boost the UK economy by 0.01% but likely make it shrink by 0.01% https://twitter.com/tomhfh/status/1450937625418870789
Live ramble from Old Trafford 🏏 ground. What on earth is govt strategy on Covid? Plus guest appearance @dannygraywp @JAAQOFFICIAL ahead of our presentation to NHS administrators?
Ireland's sadness and pity for Britain over Brexit - my new weekly diary for @TheNewEuropean https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/alastair-campbell-diary-brexit-ireland/