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.’
Listening to @Tobias_Ellwood today, @RoryStewartUK yesterday, the damage done by Johnson in appointing only Brexit ideologies and speak your weight puppets to his Cabinet is made all too clear.
Branching out - my interview with Peter Schmeichel in this month’s @WorldSoccerMag out now. Nearly all football with a little bit of ‘what on earth are you people thinking of?’ Brexit. Good question. Anyway if you’re a lorry driver in Kent queues maybe pick it up for the wait
Introducing #WorldSoccer's February 2022 Issue:
💬 Marcus Thuram, Peter Schmeichel and Jill Roord Interviews
🇸🇳 Edouard Mendy Player Biography
⚽ Football in 2022
🏆 Club World Cup Preview
🇧🇷 Brazil Eye Witness
And plenty more. Get your copy here: https://bit.ly/3KtbtDN
At a loss to understand why this economic and human story is not considered news by most of our media … Frank, fearless and free? Not so much … Brexit to blame’: Huge lorry queues at Dover as port bosses call for talks on EU checks | The Independent https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-lorry-queues-dover-eu-b1997993.html