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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.’
My daily reminder to Tory MPs that every day they conspire to save the skin of our crooked charlatan PM they damage themselves further, damage their party further and most important they damage the strength and standing of our country.
The Prime Minister wants us to “learn to live” with Covid. Today 330 people were unable to live with it. Nor can their family.
I’ll let you know how many couldn’t “learn to live with” it tomorrow. @10DowningStreet
Has Johnson said/done anything Re Ukraine. This is one of the many disastrous consequences of his Premiership and the inevitable scandals and mess he would create. Major international crisis and 🇬🇧 voice barely heard. Good to see @Keir_Starmer address it seriously 1/2
This is even better than I could have hoped for. Excellent article by @Keir_Starmer taking a very robust stance against Putin kleptocracy and in support of democratic Ukraine. Milne, Murray, Stop the West coalition and the rest of Corbyn’s cult should read it over breakfast ! https://twitter.com/suzyquiquero/status/1484698882311393281
I don’t want another single word about taxpayers money being safe in Tory hands. 19 BILLION wasted by this current lot. If a Labour govt did this, we wouldn’t hear the last of it. https://twitter.com/bestforbritain/status/1484860145255555075
£19,297,234,250 of wasted taxpayer money