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.’
Trader blames #Brexit for soaring price of fish – but #BBCnews edits it out
Trader blames Brexit for soaring price of fish - but BBC edits it out
The price of a container of imported fish has jumped by £11,000 - just don't mention the B word!
First he claimed the phone was “lost”. Then “broken”. Now he says he gave it to a family member…blimey which is it Minister?
And what is on that phone? 👀
NEW: The ever growing mystery of Lord Bethell‘s âmissing‘ phone - Good Law Project
You will recall in our hearing in July Government admitted that some of Health Minister Lord Bethell‘s dealing...
@campbellclaret Even the Beeb's business page has now mentioned the B-word...
Marks & Spencer blames Brexit as it closes 11 French stores
Brexit has made it "near impossible" for it to supply fresh and chilled products to France, the retailer says.
Excellent fact check on yesterday’s PMQs.
If only it could be live with the broadcast. https://twitter.com/allthecitizens/status/1438225998361894915