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.’
No complacency. And always best to dismiss huge poll leads. But I think @RoryStewartUK and I were right to title the special episode of @RestIsPolitics we recorded today “the week that everything changed”
NEW: YouGov poll for The Times puts Labour *33-points* ahead – the highest the party has ever recorded in ANY published poll since the late 1990s.
Given how almost uniformly wrong these right wing client journalists have been shown to be could the Beeb etc perhaps have a review of who they ask on for their expert commentary
“There’ll be a run on sterling...the markets will be in free fall...It might take only a few days, or the govt might stagger through until the end of Sept, but before long Truss & Kwarteng will be forced to call in the IMF...That is, at least, according to Sunak”
@spectator, Aug https://twitter.com/jonlis1/status/1574370901688487936
£2500 is *not* the maximum any family will pay on their energy bills this year.
We wrote to the PM about getting this wrong yesterday.
This morning, she’s repeated the false claim again in local BBC interviews.
The public deserves better.
Bloody hell #MakeMePrimeMinister on @Channel4 is BRILLIANT. Right level of cringe Vs talent in the candidates. Essential, compelling telly.