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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.’
I won’t accept it’s not the Speakers job to call this out. He can’t have it both ways. He can’t on the one hand boldly announce no member would mislead or lie to the House whilst sitting there silently, week after week as the Prime Minister misleads & lies to the House https://twitter.com/peterstefanovi2/status/1421842810102292480
CEO of North East Chamber of Commerce has written an open letter to Johnson about how Brexit is fatally damaging the region’s exporters and wider business. Powerful, in today’s http://Observer.It’s not Covid that’s damaging British trade. It’s Brexit https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/jul/31/its-not-covid-thats-damaging-british-trade-its-brexit?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
As @schooltruth will confirm, I called it for Jacobs from the 100m heats ... someone needs to find out if he knows about rugby league ... looks a natural to me!
As it’s Yorkshire Day, here is my piece for @yorkshirepost on @RLWC2021 - great sport, great tournament but doing it without 🇦🇺 🇳🇿is like Euros without 🇮🇹 🇫🇷 🇩🇪 🇧🇪- government played a role in getting the tournament on, but also in wrecking it
There's no substitute for live sport and Rugby League cup finals showed me why - Alastair Campbell
If football is my No 1 spectator sport, rugby league vies with cricket for the runner-up slot. Indeed, the ten-y...