NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Chirlane McCray, the wife of Mayor Bill de Blasio, got personal Wednesday as she spoke at a public health conference in Brooklyn.
During the event at Brooklyn Borough Hall, McCray revealed that at a young age she witnessed her parents’ bouts of depression.
“Both my mother, a daughter of immigrants, and my father, a World War II veteran, struggled with depression — although neither one of them would have called it that,” McCray said. “They were hardworking, committed parents. And to their enormous credit, even when they experienced periods of intense sadness, they tried their best to give their children all we needed.”
She then described her shock when her college-age daughter, Chiara de Blasio, revealed her struggles with depression and substance abuse.
“A high performing individual was struggling with these issues right beneath our nose,” McCray said, adding that when she learned about her own daughter’s issues, she felt guilt, fear, uncertainty — and love.