March 1, 2024

Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) revealed he worried that opening up about his mental health struggles would “end” his political career.

NBC anchor Kristen Welker sat down with the Pennsylvania lawmaker on Sunday’s Meet The Press where he revealed he was worried about the ramifications of speaking openly about his health and depression struggles.

Last February, news outlets reported that the freshman senator checked himself into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center or depression treatment. Currently, Fetterman serves on the bipartisan Mental Health Caucus, where he has vowed to help individuals facing similar issues and fight the stigma surrounding mental health treatment.

Welker pressed Fetterman to speak on the anxiety he faced after coming out of treatment:

WELKER: You also took the chance to speak publicly about it. How worried were you about sharing, about being honest about what you were really going through?

FETTERMAN Well, when when it got released, that where I was and where it’s going and it was is a big, big story. And so I had assumed that, you know, that would be the end of my career. And I don’t know what the what kind of impact that would have on my family or anything. So I really didn’t know what would happen at that point.

WELKER: Were you scared?

FETTERMAN Yeah, I was desolate for, for the first couple of weeks.

Watch the clip above via NBC News.

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