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My Latest Book
How I Learned To Survive Depression
"Superbly readable, supremely useful. Unflinching, clear-eyed, honest, raw and revealing, it may be the most important achievement of Alastair Campbell’s vivid and varied life. 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.
"One can only hope that LIVING BETTER provokes a far wider and more honest understanding of the condition" – JON SNOW
My column for @theneweuropean Lots on external factors bad for my mood, and then one that would make it even worse, if Labour voted for a useless Brexit deal. Don't fall into @borisjohnson trap @keirstarmer
Don't fall into the Tories' Brexit trap, Keir
ALASTAIR CAMPBELL on the dilemma facing the Labour Party, if the government secures a Brexit deal with the EU.
Thank you Otago Daily Times for this nice review of LIVING BETTER. After all my bad press with the Lions in NZ 2005, nice to see something positive!! P.s I still think it was a spear tackle!! @BrianODriscoll @CliveWoodward @gareththomas14
Dealing with depression
Books about people with depression might be expected to be mood-sinkers, but that is not the case with Alastair Campbell and Jehan Casinader’s.....
They all look like Trees of the Day winners on a day like this but Skye has gone for pic 4 because the colour matches her hair
The difficulty the PM faces is entirely of his own making. He’s been saying since the lockdown started that it will end in December the 3rd. For 99% of the country it won’t. He lied. Deliberately. Just to get five minutes of positive coverage.