New York City’s First Lady Explains Why She’s So Open About Mental Illness

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First lady Chirlane McCray has made it her mission to be open about mental illness. That doesn’t mean it’s always easy for her.

As first lady of New York City, McCray is already in the public spotlight. But these days, she finds herself discussing her daughter’s battle with addiction and depression, her parents’ own mental health struggles, and a friend who committed suicide.

The openness serves a purpose. In November, Mayor Bill de Blasio and McCray announced a four-year, $850 million initiative to reform the city’s mental health system. The plan, called ThriveNYC, is designed to be a comprehensive effort to eliminate the stigma of mental illness and better serve New Yorkers who are living with it.

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