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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.’
“No honourable member would actually mislead or lie to the House” says @CommonsSpeaker
In unrelated news millions watch the Prime Minister misleading & lying to the House on Breakfast TV
When will Mr Speaker catch up?
Boris Johnson now says his Brexit deal, the one he sold to the public as “oven ready” & a negotiating triumph must be renegotiated
Here he is selling it to the public on the promise there would be NO CHECKS on goods going from Great Britain to Northern Ireland
A BAREFACED LIE https://twitter.com/peterstefanovi2/status/1416693911138013185
What @BorisJohnson failed to mention is under the Conservative Government Police officers have seen their pay cut by 18% in real terms & now face a pay freeze when inflation could reach almost 4%. Police officers have been on the front line of this pandemic. That’s some reward
THE NRA funded $50,000 to one of the groups behind the Jan 6th attacks https://twitter.com/igorvolsky/status/1348712997125021698?s=20
The NRA's Grover Norquist's brother David was still in post as acting US Deputy Secretary of Defense until 9 Feb 2021 https://www.defense.gov/Our-Story/Biographies/Biography/Article/1289725/david-l-norquist/
More on Grover: https://www.businessinsider.com/who-is-grover-norquist-pledge-signers-list-fiscal-cliff-republicans-tax-2012-11?international=true&r=US&IR=T#he-volunteered-for-richard-nixons-campaign-in-1968-3
1/ @NRA has called for armed insurrection for years & it funded the Jan. 6th event & the lawmakers behind it
-NRA donated $50,000 to organization that sponsored Jan. 6th event
-@GunsDownAmerica finds that @NRA donated $525,813 to 135 (of 147) seditious lawmakers in 2018 & 2020