MPs with Depression

The Telegraph

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.


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  • Troy

    WO you could probably add Little to your list – in such a short time (in parliament anyway) he has followed the behaviour of Peters and Mallard – a sad indictment of the self-serving individuals that voters have allowed to become representatives. Shame.

  • Salacious T Crumb

    That really doesnt suprise with Mallard and Peters though. A narcissistic sociopath and a dementia suffering alcoholic are never going to have an over abundance on the empathy scale.

    • TravisPoulson

      I’m sure Mallard would STFU if someone started talking about their struggle with adultery

  • A real breakthrough to see leading public figures discuss their battles with mental health.
    And awesome to see the knighting of JK. Previous generations reinforced the myth that mental illness is due to some kind of lack of “bottle”. I’ve found there can be both inexplicable and physiological causes.
    My pet theory is that those who suffer mentally have a superior intellect :)

  • Patrick

    There are far more valid reasons to despise Peters & Mallard, how about the years both have had their snouts in the trough, been rewarded handsomely for this & will continue to pocket huge pensions – stack that up against what they have contributed to making NZ a better place. I am struggling to identify a single worthwhile thing that either has contributed.

  • Ford

    i dont know which politicians actually suffer from depression but they are certainly fucking depressing

  • faavae

    i too have struggled with depression. Also told my wife about it and now we both look out for key signals in my behaviour and we have discussed what processes to put in place to counter the ‘black days’. its a relief when you can actually declare it, in the main people get it, but you do get the @£$%^&*() that dont. Mallard and Peters ? who? not even worth talking about them. cant wait till they leave the politically scene. keep up the dialogue.

  • Dijon9054

    So good to see people being more open about depression. The more it’s out in the open, the more people will get help.