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.’
He is a lazy, arrogant, entitled disgrace to the office he should never have held and from which the Cabinet cowards should have expelled him when he lost the confidence of his MPs (long after the same thing happened with the public!)
Everybody's entitled to a holiday but Boris Johnson taking a holiday from his holiday as Prime Minister could become a thing https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/boris-johnson-spotted-greece-enjoying-27734545?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sharebar
So sad to hear this. Lovely man, great servant of @BurnleyOfficial and he fought this horrible disease with real courage and dignity and a determination to help others. Rest In Peace Lenny. With much love to your family who can be so proud of you in their grief
We're saddened to hear of the death of Len Johnrose.
In 2018 former footballer, Len, bravely shared his MND diagnosis to raise awareness. He went on to raise thousands with his #IceFoot92 Challenge.
Our thoughts are with Len's wife Nadine, his 3 children, family and friends.
Most incompetent government ever. Johnson and Lishi Trunak must be so proud
Government's competency rating drops to record low with R&W
My take on the stabbing of Salman Rushdie for @theneweuropean and why it puts the ludicrous ‘war on woke’ in perspective. Plus my memories of dinners with him chez Michael Foot. Also defending Eddie Jones v @RFU and defending Rugby League https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/alastair-campbell-the-stabbing-of-salman-rushdie-gives-new-perspective-to-the-ludicrous-war-on-woke/