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Alastair Campbell

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Alastair Campbell on surviving a mental breakdown and the pain of his son’s alcoholism

Therapy Works

*Trigger warning - this episode may make references to depression, drugs and suicide.*“I was dealing on and off with very bad depression, which I think in the early days leading up to my breakdown, I dealt with through drink and then I dealt with through this obsessive need and desire not to drink, which I probably replaced with an obsessive need and desire to work all the time.”We learn most from hearing the truthful stories of others. We learn even more about what it is to be human when we get beneath someone's external performative self and learn what they actually feel on the inside. Alastair Campbell is a remarkable example of someone who has been powerful at the heart of the political world as the former Director of Communications and Strategy at 10 Downing Street and also owned and expressed his inner mental health challenges. In this remarkably open and illuminating episode you will learn:The confusion between mental and physical illness. Because mental illness is invisible, unlike physical illness we find it harder to legitimise our mental states.How mental health isn’t separate from the system and society within which we live.The link between depression and addiction, and how it can be inherited.Why a breakdown can be incredibly painful, it might be the route to a break through and will allow you to develop better coping mechanisms for life’s difficulties. Why it’s incredibly painful to witness our adult children suffer and being powerless to help.The dilemma and boundary we face between self-care and selfishness. The wonderful illustration of the jam jar which triggered my Freudian slip and includes tools for wellbeing that holds back malevolent depression.The dilemma and boundary between self-care and selfishness. Julia’s Website: https://juliasamuel.co.uk/Julia’s Instagram: @juliasamuelmbeA big thank you to our sponsor, BetterHelp. If you’re thinking of giving therapy a try, BetterHelp is a great option. It’s not only convenient and can be done from the comfort of your own home, but it’s also affordable. All you have to do is fill out a quick survey and you’ll be matched with a therapist! Visit betterhelp.com/therapyworks today to get 10% off your first month.Produced by Georgie RutherfordEdited by Nick Kingswell Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

1hr 8mins

30 Nov 2022

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S2 EP18: Alastair Campbell

Comedians Playing Fantasy Premier League

This week Jon Richardson & Matt Forde invite Alastair Campbell on to the podcast to discuss how he’s embarrassed himself at his last two weddings playing 5-a side and why he’s stopped hurling abuse at players after an embarrassing incident in the stands. Elsewhere Alastair comes up with two new Sh*teater chants, Matt gets in a jibe about Alastair's business model AND find out what special outfit Jon Richardson wore for the interview. Send us any new format ideas or correspondence to: hello@cpfpl.com or tweet us @Comediansfpl. Follow the podcast on Twitter (@comediansfpl),  Instagram (ComediansplayingFPL) and Facebook (@comediansfpl)Share, subscribe, AND PLEASE REVIEW!For Extra Bonus content including extra episodes of this podcast please subscribe at Anotherslice.com/cpfpl Join our FPL Fan League here: fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/auto-join/4r6j9k… League Code: 4r6j9kAND Listeners can get 20% off everything on Kirkstall Brewary’s online shop with the code CPFPL20. Visit the website - kirkstallbrewery.com and click on Shop.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


7 Oct 2022

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Episode 33 - Alastair Campbell -Strategy, Teamship and Mental Health

The Centre for Army Leadership Podcast

In this week’s episode, we speak to Alastair Campbell, a well regarded journalist, author, strategist, and broadcaster. He is best known for the roles he held during Tony Blair’s leadership of the labour party. Alastair was a central figure during Mr. Blairs time as prime minister, he was the Downing Street Press Secretary, Director of Communications and the Labour party's Campaign Director for the 2005 United Kingdom general election. In the episode, Alastair discusses strategy, leadership and teamship and unpacks these three factors by relating them to his own experiences in Downing street and as a writer. Alastair also talks openly about the impact of mental health and how pressure can become all consuming; highlighting how one needs to remove themselves from the work bubble to de-stress and detoxify. Finally, he speaks about the need to have a defined objective that guides your decisions and motivates the team. 

1hr 23mins

29 Sep 2022

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Alastair Campbell on the New PM

Bloomberg UK Politics

Former Downing Street Communications Director Alastair Campbell says the Tory leadership race has thrown up tons of material Labour could have used against the Conservatives. He tells Bloomberg's Caroline Hepker and Yuan Potts that Labour has not been nearly aggressive enough in highlighting the mess the government has made. He says the Tory leadership campaign has been 'incredibly dispiriting' and that Liz Truss has no sense of the scale of the issues that await her in Number 10, if she becomes the next leader. Also in the show, our reporters Philip Aldrick and Emily Ashton discuss the challenges facing the next Prime Minister.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


2 Sep 2022

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Guest: Alastair Campbell


We chat to Alistair Campell about knocking him off the top of the pod charts and what it's like to have a massive brain. Lovely manThanks for listening! You can follow us on @chatabix1 and on instagram @chatabixpodcastAnd if you'd like extra stuff from us....every week, sign up to our Patreon.com/davidandjoeAnd for all Merch!!!! Look no further!!!! https://chatabix-shop.teemill.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

1hr 1min

5 Jul 2022

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Objectives, strategy and tactics in leaders - A chat with Alastair Campbell

Taking Care of Business

What are the common traits amongst the world's serial winners and leaders? That's the topic up for debate in this episode, as host Paul Cheetham-Karcz welcomes to Taking Care of Business a man who knows a thing or two about both winning and leading - Alastair Campbell.Alastair is a British journalist, author, strategist, broadcaster and activist known for his key roles during Tony Blair’s leadership of the Labour Party. The pair discuss what Alastair learnt from the likes of Floyd Mayweather and Arsène Wenger whilst writing his book 'Winners', as well as the strategies and objectives (or lack of) in the current Conservative and Labour parties.Paul and Alastair also chat about social media's impact on politics, the trend of sportspeople infiltrating the political landscape, dealing with criticism and what the future holds for Alastair Campbell.Taking Care of Business is available to listen to on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you find your podcasts. Can't find your platform? Head to www.sedulo.co.uk/tcob


8 Jun 2022

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Alastair Campbell: Political strategist on his financial fears and life inside Downing Street

The ii Family Money Show

Series 2 kicks off with Gabby Logan speaking to author, political strategist and podcaster Alastair Campbell. Having started out as a journalist, Alastair is best known for his six-year stint as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s director of communications, previously serving as his press secretary while in Opposition. Despite returning briefly as an adviser to Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband, Alastair left frontline politics behind in 2003 to focus on his partner Fiona and their three children, alongside writing and raising awareness about mental health issues, drawing on his own personal experiences to help others. Among insight from his political career, he tells Gabby about his lifelong fear of financial insecurity, how he made a fortune busking round Europe, and the reason Fiona takes the money reins at home – and why he thinks Gordon Brown’s wife does the same. Subscribe to the show for free to make sure you don’t miss next week’s episode, featuring Octopus Energy founder and CEO Greg Jackson.The ii Family Money Show is brought to you by interactive investor (ii).This episode was recorded in March 2022 and is also available as a vodcast on the interactive investor YouTube channel.Follow interactive investor:Twitter @ii_coukFacebook /weareiiInstagram @interactive_investorFollow Gabby:Twitter @GabbyLoganInstagram @gabbyloganImportant information:This material is intended for educational purposes only and is not investment research or a personal recommendation to buy or sell any financial instrument or product, or to adopt any investment strategy. The value of your investments can rise as well as fall, and you could get back less than you invested. SIPPs are aimed at people happy to make their own investment decisions. You can normally only access the money from age 55 (57 from 2028). The investments referred to may not be suitable for all investors, and if in doubt, an investor should seek advice from a qualified investment adviser. Pension and tax rules depend on your circumstances and may change in future. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. Interactive Investor Services Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.


28 Apr 2022

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The Thursday Interview: Alastair Campbell

The Thursday Interview on The Hard Shoulder

Writer, consultant and former adviser to Tony Blair Alastair Campbell joined Kieran for The Thursday Interview, as they talked mainly about the Russian invasion of Ukraine.


24 Feb 2022

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Show 259 - *Alastair Campbell - LIVE*

The Political Party

Even by Alastair Campbell's standards this is superb. Passionate, direct, funny with occasional outbreaks of self-deprecation, it's the perfect way to start 2022. Alastair sets off at lightning pace, giving direct advice to Labour on how to campaign against the government. He shares his frustration with the recent BBC series about new Labour, reflects on his own changing sense of national identity and recalls a confrontation with a litter lout. He also answers the question: is he woke? There's so much in this episode that a blurb cannot do justice to. Enjoy! Follow Alastair on Twitter: @campbellclaret NEW GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE POLITICAL PARTY LIVE: 24 Jan: Angela Rayner7 Feb: Michael Heseltine21 Feb: Edwina Currie7 March: Neil Kinnock Buy tickets to The Political Party, live at The Duchess Theatre including the next show with ANGELA RAYNER on Monday 24 January here: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-political-party-with-matt-forde/ Email the show: politicalpartypodcast@gmail.com Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

1hr 32mins

11 Jan 2022

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E87 - Alastair Campbell: What I've learnt about winning in politics, sport and business

The High Performance Podcast

Alastair Campbell is a writer, communicator and strategist best known for his role as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s spokesman, press secretary and director of communications and strategy. Alastair has written seventeen books including a Number 1 best-selling analysis of what it takes to win in politics, business and sport, Winners and How They Succeed, and two personal memoirs on depression and the pursuit of happiness. His latest, Living Better: How I learned to survive depression, was also a Sunday Times best-seller.. . . . . . . High Performance Live Podcast Tour 2022 - Sign up here - thehighperformancepodcast.com/signup Pre-order our audiobook ‘Lessons From the Best on Becoming Your Best’: https://adbl.co/3xQQSCF Get a special signed copy, out Dec 9th: https://bit.ly/3kCqhFpPre-order link: http://smarturl.it/hv0sdzThank you to our founding partner Lotus Cars. Check them out at lotuscars.com Thanks also to GIVEMESPORT - the exclusive sports partner of the High Performance Podcast. To gain further access to editorial and social content from the Podcast click here https://www.givemesport.com/podcastWARNING - This episode contains some explicit language Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

1hr 18mins

1 Nov 2021