MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes opens up about her struggles with depression

Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes is on a mission to shed more light on mental health issues, after being diagnosed with depression in 2015.

But it was a moment on a train ride back to her Whitby riding in February 2016, when the parliamentary secretary to the Prime Minister realized she needed more help.

“I was constantly having this battle on the train with myself — pull yourself together, Celina, and oh my God, I cannot pull fast enough to pull myself together,” she said in an emotional interview with Rosemary Barton on CBC News Network’s Power Politics.

“I realized that I hadn’t felt this way before, and something was different,” she adds. 

That’s when Caesar-Chavannes decided to reach out to a friend and seek further treatment for depression.

Now, she’s focused on being an “authentic, genuine” voice for Canadians struggling with mental health issues.

“I’m not afraid to speak up, and I have the capacity to do so, and the responsibility to do so, and I’m going to do it,” Caesar-Chavannes said. 

For more on how Caesar-Chavannes copes with her condition while balancing the heavy demands of her job, watch the full interview in the player above.  

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