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Want to make a difference? By buying The Big Issue – it’s in your hands…

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Want to make a difference? By buying The Big Issue – it’s in your hands…

Lord Crisp, a cross bench peer who used to be chief executive of the NHS, writes about how we have to take more responsibility for our own health if we want the NHS to survive. He also calls for more community and home-based treatments, rather than sending everyone to hospital.

Former Number 10 spin master Alastair Campbell on why we’re still light years from parity between physical and mental health care.

Author Neil Gaiman delivers his Letter To My Younger Self, in which he reflects on the sudden death of his dad and how he’ll never stop being surprised by his wife Amanda Palmer.

Hollywood favourite Matthew McConaughey discusses his latest role in Gold and how he’s changed tack after a year and a half out of the spotlight.

John Bird talks about the momentous events of Jan 20 – finishing his book and trying a Segway for the first time. Oh, and the Trump inauguration.

We look at creative solutions for easing and highlighting the crisis of homelessness after cartoonist Rob Pettitt put a My Pitch interview into sketches to tell the story of London vendor Kelvin, who sells The Big Issue on The Strand.

Speaking of My Pitch. This week’s interview is with Willie from Aberdeen, who says it’s been so cold in the Granite City that he’d like to get to Amsterdam for a heat!