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.’
Hello from Lisbon. My Tree of the Day is called a Blue Jacaranda and there are lots of them all over the place. Pic 4 a worthy runner up. Some great trees in the modern urban area near the Expo site
Any Tories with an ounce of conscience or integrity take a look at this. Then sack that corrupt monstrosity who would sell out the lot of you if it meant clinging on to power without responsibility and power without a clue what he actually wants to do for the country
Corrupt. Worthy of what we used to call third world countries. He is destroying our reputation in the world and the basis of our democracy. If these Tory MPs don’t wake up they are in for one hell of a shock.
NEW: Boris Johnson has watered down the ministerial code - allowing ministers to break the rules without resigning - and blocked a bid to give his ethics advisor the power to investigate him…
SHOCKING NEWS: Boris Johnson has just shamelessly changed the ministerial code to remove need to resign over breaches!
BUT it continues to be a RESIGNATION matter if a minister “knowingly” misleads the House of Commons & the PRIVILEGES COMMITTEE is coming for him
IT’S NOT OVER!