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.’
Any environment in which Gavin Williamson can flourish is, by any measure, completely & utterly screwed. https://twitter.com/Gabriel_Pogrund/status/1484951464720179204
EXCLUSIVE: Christian Wakeford says Gavin Williamson is the MP who threatened to cancel a new school in his constituency if he voted against govt on free school meals
He's categorical: "It was Gavin Williamson" — then education secretary.
Why did it take so long?
Finally @BBCNews reports New customs checks have contributed to long delays on the road to the channel ports. Boris Johnson’s government have to negotiate with our neighbours and put arrangements in place. Abject failure from Johnson and co again.
This is shocking. All MPs interact with ministers representing the interests of their constituents. I always found @Nus_Ghani courteous, engaging and helpful in dealing with issues I brought to her. I was somewhat surprised why this competent minister was removed from office. https://twitter.com/thesundaytimes/status/1484960561263693828
🔺 EXCLUSIVE: A Conservative MP has accused a party whip of telling her she was fired from her ministerial job because her Muslim faith was “making colleagues uncomfortable” https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/nusrat-ghani-i-was-sacked-as-a-minister-because-i-was-a-muslim-p38lmvlvg?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1642877161
Channelled the last few days into starting the Vimes Boots Index and writing this piece for tomorrow’s Observer. Do enjoy the visceral seething rage in the opening paragraph. And every other paragraph.
Jack Monroe | The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/jan/22/were-pricing-the-poor-out-of-food-in-the-uk-thats-why-im-launching-my-own-price-index?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other