Liberal MP Seamus O'Regan enters alcohol program
Published Sunday, January 3, 2016 4:07PM EST
Last Updated Sunday, January 3, 2016 5:25PM EST
Liberal MP and former television journalist Seamus O’Regan says he’s decided to enter a “wellness program” in an effort to live an “alcohol-free lifestyle.”
O’Regan made the announcement on Sunday afternoon in a series of tweets. The MP for St. John's South-Mount Pearl says he expects to be back at work before Parliament resumes on Jan. 25.
I've decided after consultation with family that I can be most effective as a Member of Parliament by adopting an alcohol free lifestyle 1/4— Seamus O'Regan (@SeamusORegan) January 3, 2016
To that end, over the holiday break, I have entered a wellness program. 2/4— Seamus O'Regan (@SeamusORegan) January 3, 2016
I will return to my duties as the Member of Parliament for St. John’s South - Mount Pearl prior to Parliament resuming in January. 3/4— Seamus O'Regan (@SeamusORegan) January 3, 2016
...I will have more to say on this subject later. In the meantime, my family and I ask for privacy. Thank you. 4/4— Seamus O'Regan (@SeamusORegan) January 3, 2016
O’Regan, a former host on CTV’s Canada AM, has been open about some of his personal struggles over the years. In a 2014 interview with The Grid, O’Regan described his experience with depression as “nothing chronic” and said he found treatment at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
He later became a mental health spokesperson for the annual Bell Let’s Talk campaign, which aims to open a national conversation on mental health issues.
“Mental illness is so pervasive,” he told The Grid at the time. “It might be minor, it might major. Either way, a minor illness still deserves to be treated. You still go to a doctor. You still figure it out.”
O’Regan officially made the transition from media to politics in August 2014 when he announced that he’d seek the federal nomination for the Newfoundland riding of St. John's South-Mount Pearl.
He was part of the Liberals’ east-coast sweep, winning the riding with 57.9 per cent of the votes and unseating NDP incumbent Ryan Cleary.
O’Regan’s husband and brother both expressed their love and support for his decision.
So Proud of my husband! https://t.co/mnLTnTpzux— Steve Doussis (@SteveDoussis) January 3, 2016