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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.’
@campbellclaret I would be grateful if a Brexiteer told me 1 single benefit of Brexit. Just one, anything. It doesn’t even have to be that good. Just one benefit. Come on Brexit lovers, tell me one thing that’s better.
Go on ... have a Tree of the Day gold medal!!
@campbellclaret How about this for tree of the day? Saw this amazing thing which must be hundreds of years old whilst walking the dog in Lincoln. Normal shot didn't do it justice so got arty & laid on my back!!
Think what it would be if the media covered the issue fully and the Opposition parties called out the realities
New polling for B4B. 53% think Brexit has created more problems than it has solved. Only 15% think it has solved more problems than it has created.
Excluding don't-knows, that is a staggering 78% to 22% thinking Brexit has been a net negative. ~AA
The energy price rises are very much related to Brexit. Here's why...
The Brexit Tax: How Boris Johnson Broke his Promise on Energy Prices – Byline Times
In May 2016, the future Prime Minister promised that fuel bills would be slashed after Brexit – Sam Bright explores why the opposite has occurred