Alastair Campbell is best known for his role as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s spokesman, press secretary and director of communications and strategy. Still active in politics and campaigns in Britain and overseas, he now splits his time between writing, speaking, charities and consultancy.
Alastair speaks with huge honesty about his own experience of depression, psychosis and addiction, and of his brother Donald’s lifelong struggle with schizophrenia. He touches on his experience with former prime minister Tony Blair about his depression and why talking and raising awareness around depression is important for social change.
A former ‘Mind Champion of the Year’, he is an ambassador for the Time to Change campaign to raise awareness about mental illness, ambassador for Alcohol Concern, patron of Maytree, the country’s only charity for the suicidal, and of Kidstime, which supports the children of mentally ill parents.
In November 2017 Alastair was awarded an honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in recognition of his leadership role in breaking down the stigma surrounding mental illness, and in fighting for better services.
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