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.’
Thoroughly enjoyable hour talking Volume 8 diaries with @MatthewStadlen for @howtoacademy - he is a very good interviewer!! My judgement based on the fact I am still thinking about some of the questions after the interview is over!!
This right here is as dangerous an affront to our cultural diversity, understanding and freedoms as you'll ever see. Demented levels of arrogance and self-importance. It must be challenged. https://twitter.com/MrJohnNicolson/status/1394411928206942209
The UK Tory Government Culture Secretary believes he’s entitled to tell museum directors in England what they can and can’t display, threatening them with funding cuts if they defy him. I believe that’s an unacceptable infringement on academic and artistic freedom.
One sleep till @BurnleyOfficial v @LFC - soooo excited !!
“Football, bloody hell…”
Whether it was Alisson’s last-gasp header or Kasper Schmeichel’s stunning save this weekend, Sir Alex Ferguson’s immortal three words are just as meaningful as ever.
And, as @campbellclaret writes, only football can do this.
EXCL: 110 direct flights from India have landed in UK since it was placed on the Red List on 23rd April. Analysis suggests almost 8,500 travellers from India have arrived in UK since then. No flight ban in place from India, unlike 11 other "Red" countries inc. Brazil & S. Africa.