* Do governments need to be doing for mental illness sufferers? If so what?
* Should we be measuring country-wide happiness and wellbeing?
* What did you think of his recent book The Happy Depressive? And his mental-illness focused novel All In The Mind?
* Are politicians more prone to mental health issues, but the last to come out about them?
Now’s your chance to ask
Best known for his time as Tony Blair’s media advisor, and before that a Government-baiting journalist, Alastair Campbell has in more recent times gained attention for his work in raising awareness of depression and mental health by talking about his own personal battles with this invisible condition.
Campbell has written extensively about depression, and his latest venture is a digital book called The Happy Depressive: In Pursuit of Personal and Political Happiness. The UK government recently conducted its first ever happiness survey, and in his book Campbell questions what happiness should mean to us both on a personal level and collectively as a nation. Taking some economic theories, he questions how happiness can survive in a grossly negative media culture and how it could inform social policy? And what is truly the fundamental part of happiness? He also recently wrote a blog post, partly inspired by Blackdogtribe.com, about how he dealt with an episode of depression when his good friend Philip Gould passed away, which is featured in the book. You can read an excerpt of it here.
Campbell is not the only one wanting to do something about the stigma surrounding mental health in this country. The Labour health spokesperson, Andy Burnham, recently called for a rethink of the UK’s mental health policy. In a speech, Burnham said there is a need to think of the reform of the NHS, social care and mental health not as three separate, distinct challengers but together as an integrated, preventative, people-centred system.
Now for the really exciting news; we are delighted to announce that Alastair Campbell will be joining us for a Q&A session next week, but we need your help!
If you have a burning question you would like to ask Alastair, please post it in the box below, on Facebook or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org before Wednesday 8th February and we will forward as many as we can to him.