Several months after revealing that she had suffered from depression and addiction, Chiara de Blasio - the daughter of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio - spoke more candidly about overcoming her personal bouts.
Chiara spoke in front of more than 1,000 health professionals at a ceremony for National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day where she was also honored by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for speaking out about her experiences in a video she released on Christmas Eve.
“One year ago I could not have imagined I would be standing before you today as a sober and healthy young woman,” the 19-year-old college student said.
"One year ago, I was lost, confused and overpowered by depression, anxiety, addiction and fear. One year ago, life didn't seem worthwhile. One year later, here I am and that is nothing other than a miracle.”
In December, Chiara said that she suffered from clinical depression caused by insecurities and anxiety. In a deeply personal essay published on XOJane.com, the young de Blasio said she was born an addict and was "miserable" for her "entire adolescence" despite her family's best efforts to help her.
"Every morning I awaken a nervous depressed wreck, before slowly putting myself back together again," she wrote. “I know that fighting my depression, anxiety and addiction will be a lifelong battle. But today, it is one that I'm willing to fight."
At the ceremony, the courageous teen took the time out to address her parents and little brother, Dante.
“Thank you dad. Even while running the biggest city in America, you still give me more love and support than I could ask for. And thank you mom for your patience and endless dedication to helping me get better."
She called younger sibling “The best little brother in the world. And this is the only time you'll catch me saying so."
Mayor de Blasio also spoke before the crowd alongside his daughter, noting that such “demons” of addiction was a pattern his family as his father was an alcoholic who committed suicide after failing "to find his way to recovery."
"But his granddaughter did and there is something powerful in that," he said.