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Living Better: In conversation with Alastair Campbell on mental health


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Listen to Alastair Campbell’s intensely personal story about coping with depression.

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“Last Christmas I almost killed myself. Almost. I’ve had a lot of almosts. Never gone from almost to dead. Don’t think I ever will. But it was a bad almost.”

Alastair Campbell built a career at the very top of UK politics as the so-called ‘spin doctor’ for former Prime Minister Tony Blair. He has been a vocal critic of the government’s communications strategy throughout the pandemic.

His new book, Living Better: How I Learned to Survive Depression, is a deeply personal account of his lifelong struggle with mental ill-health. It’s a painful but ultimately hopeful story that takes in his childhood, family and work relationships, as well as his relentless quest to understand the condition and the treatments for it.

Stephen Fry has said of Living Better, ‘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 career.’

Join us to listen to his story and reflect on how we might look after ourselves and each other better.

Chair: James Harding, Editor and Co-founder, Tortoise

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About Alistair Campbell

Alastair Campbell is best known for his role as Tony Blair’s chief spokesman and strategist. He has written several bestselling books, including The Blair Years and Winners. A former ‘Mind Champion of the Year’, he is an ambassador for several mental health charities. In November 2017 he was awarded an honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in recognition of his role in breaking down the stigma surrounding mental illness.

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“Last Christmas I almost killed myself. Almost. I’ve had a lot of almosts. Never gone from almost to dead. Don’t think I ever will. But it was a bad almost.”

Alastair Campbell built a career at the very top of UK politics as the so-called ‘spin doctor’ for former Prime Minister Tony Blair. He has been a vocal critic of the government’s communications strategy throughout the pandemic.

His new book, Living Better: How I Learned to Survive Depression, is a deeply personal account of his lifelong struggle with mental ill-health. It’s a painful but ultimately hopeful story that takes in his childhood, family and work relationships, as well as his relentless quest to understand the condition and the treatments for it.

Stephen Fry has said of Living Better, ‘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 career.’

Join us to listen to his story and reflect on how we might look after ourselves and each other better.

Editor

James Harding
Editor and Co-founder, Tortoise


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