A sitting U.S. Senator said he considered harming himself while he was going through the most difficult part of his life.
Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA), in an interview with NBC host Kristen Welker on “Meet The Press,” discussed his recent struggle with his mental health, last February, checked himself into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to receive treatment for “clinical depression,” according to his chief of staff, Adam Jentleson.
After what he’s been through in the past year, there’s probably no one who wanted to talk about his own health less than John. I’m so proud of him for asking for help and getting the care he needs. pic.twitter.com/SfuwWTSUcG
— Gisele Barreto Fetterman (@giselefetterman) February 16, 2023
During the interview, Welker confirmed that he considered harming himself during his mental struggles.
“And I know this is so hard to talk about. But just to be clear about what you’re saying – you’re saying that you had thoughts of harming yourself?” Welker asked.
“Yeah – yeah, I had. I’ve had that – I’ve said that publicly. And at first, I didn’t,” Fetterman said. “I thought at that time well, like if I can be of most service or I can be helpful to people, it’s like I have to be fully honest about it. And that’s what I decided to do and it will be my goal or is to – if somebody could hear this kind of a message and this conversation that we’re having might make a different choice that.”
Welker asked the lawmaker what his staff told him to make him check in to the hospital. The lawmaker responded, saying he decided to check himself in the hospital because he wanted to take a ‘“chance.”
“It just really got to that fork in the road. And I was like, what I have no idea what life would look like if I don’t take advantage of this amazing opportunity, or what could possibly happen and I could maybe even get better even though I didn’t think I could get better. So I decided, well, I’ll take the chance,” Fetterman said.
The lawmaker revealed that his family members visited him at the hospital, but he just wanted to be left alone most times.
“I didn’t like to have a lot of conversations. I just kind of wanted to just be left alone, and just stay in bed,” Fetterman said.