New York City’s mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s 19-year-old daughter, Chiara, is discussing her battles with depression and drug abuse via YouTube. In a four-minute video posted by de Blasio’s transition team, Chiara says she used alcohol and drugs to deal with clinical depression and anxiety.
Chiara said getting sober was the hardest thing she’s ever done and urges others to get the help that she did. She says: “Removing substances from my life has opened so many doors for me.” Currently sober, Chiara said she sought the help of an out patient therapist.
Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane released the following statement:
“For many, the holiday season is a time for joy. But it’s also a time when some of those battling depression and substance abuse find their struggle most difficult. With the hope of helping others, our daughter Chiara is courageously sharing her story.
As parents, our instinct has been to protect our daughter and privately help her through a deeply personal struggle. But not only has Chiara committed to her own health, she is also committed to helping young people everywhere who face similar challenges.
Her courage to speak out demonstrates a wisdom and maturity far beyond her 19 years, and we are grateful every day for her commitment to lifting up those who need to know that they are not alone. We are so proud of Chiara and love her deeply.”