My Latest Book
How I Learned To Survive Depression
"Superbly readable, supremely useful. Unflinching, clear-eyed, honest, raw and revealing, it may be the most important achievement of Alastair Campbell’s vivid and varied life. 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.
"One can only hope that LIVING BETTER provokes a far wider and more honest understanding of the condition" – JON SNOW
Such a great cross section of the community. Which one is the Tory donor?
Pleased to see this from @Chartwells_UK I met their MD today along with representatives of other school catering companies & their trade body - to ensure our food standards are met. https://twitter.com/Chartwells_UK/status/1349386248058761222
Tory Peer Dido Harding says it is "appropriate" to pay 900 consultants £1,000 a day for Test and Trace due to “extreme emergency circumstances”.
Tory MPs think it is also "appropriate" to cut £1,000 from Universal Credit for 6m families facing “extreme emergency circumstances”. https://twitter.com/Independent/status/1351253176633192450
NHS Test and Trace boss Dido Harding defends paying consultants £1,000-a-day https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/nhs-test-and-trace-dido-harding-b1789098.html?utm_content=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1610998613
The Conservatives have chosen to cut support for families in the middle of a pandemic by slashing Universal Credit.
The UK has had the worst recession of any major economy on Boris Johnson’s watch – now he is making families pay the price.
40 grand bonus for Dominic Cummings. £22 billion for failed Serco Test and Trace. Over £1 billion in contracts for their mates and cronies.
£1,000 a year cuts for 6 million families struggling to make ends meet in the most difficult circumstances.