It is no secret that I have and do battle with depression. Sometimes if creeps up on you and other times overwhelms you like tsunami…more and more people talk about depression now, and that is a good thing, because we need to battle the perception that depression is “feeling a bit sad”…it is not.
In the UK some MPs have spoken out about depression and how it has affected them. Famously here Nick Smith spoke about this and shameless, callous c*nts like Trevor Mallard and Winston Peters deride him for his courage in speaking out…it is one of the reasons I despise both of them:
A former defence minister was close to tears yesterday as he revealed his battle against depression, saying that other people did not understand the huge stresses that go with being an MP.
Labour’s Kevan Jones said politicians often did not want to admit they suffered from mental health problems for fear of being seen as weak.
Two female Conservative MPs also spoke about their struggles with post-natal depression during a Commons debate on mental illness.
Mr Jones, the MP for North Durham and former veterans minister, urged Speaker John Bercow to devote more resources to helping MPs with mental health issues.
He said: “Being an MP is a great privilege. It’s a great thing that I love, but it also has its stresses.
“I don’t think that unless you’ve actually done it, anyone knows what those stresses are, both personally in terms of family but also in terms of what is expected of you in the modern technological age.”
Andrea Leadsom, the Conservative MP for South Northamptonshire, said the Commons session had been “part debate and part group therapy” as she recounted her experience of post-natal depression.
“It is unbelievable how awful you feel when you are sitting with your tiny baby in your arms, and your baby cries and so do you,” she said.
“You can’t even make yourself a cup of tea, you just feel so utterly useless.”
Fellow post-natal depression sufferer Dr Sarah Wollaston, the Tory MP for Totnes, said she had suicidal feelings and suffered panic attacks on the Tube at what should have been the happiest time of her life.