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.’
The content of the secret meeting he demanded - the one he said wasn’t a secret and that he hadn’t demanded - is now being kept secret by Number 10.
You can’t trust a word Boris Johnson says. https://twitter.com/danbloom1/status/1528697193640632321
No10 refuse to publish notes of Boris Johnson's secretive meeting with Sue Gray
Despite admitting it *WAS* No10 officials who first suggested the meeting - even though the "technical" invite came from Sue Gray's side
Dacre doing Johnson dirty work. Against one of the best civil servants any government of any party could ever have. The Johnson-Dacre axis of evil will attack anything and anyone that isn’t as morally bankrupt as they are.
This is completely unacceptable and needs to stop.
Sue Gray is the guardian of ethics, standards and propriety in government. Trusted on all sides because she is independent and impartial.
It is also monumentally stupid to attack civil servants like this. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10843117/Boris-Johnsons-allies-accuse-Sue-Gray-playing-politics.html
She was appointed *by Boris Johnson* after the man originally appointed *by Boris Johnson* was reported to have attended a party like the ones attended *by Boris Johnson*. And now she is being attacked *by Boris Johnson* allies & client media. This is politics *by Boris Johnson*.
NEW: Dom Cummings warns Boris Johnson faces publication of Partygate photos by angry officials "within next 24-48 hours".
His latest blog claims they could show PM "obviously lied to the Commons and possibly to the cops".
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