https://www.thestar.com/politics/provincial/2022/10/21/ottawa-mpp-lisa-macleod-set-to-return-after-mental-health-struggle.html

Ottawa-area MPP and former cabinet minister Lisa MacLeod says she’s returning to the legislature Tuesday after taking time to heal following a mid-May — and midelection — “mental health crisis.”

MacLeod, a Progressive Conservative who has represented the suburban riding of Nepean for 17 years, said she began a gradual return to work in August with the blessing of health-care professionals who began working with her last spring.

“In mid-May I suffered a mental health crisis that drew attention to broader mental and physical health challenges that I was experiencing,” she said in an open post on social media as the legislature prepares to begin its fall sitting.

“Throughout this period my family and I have learned we are living with both bipolar and metabolic disorders,” she added.

“I am confident that with the right medication, regular therapy and changes to my nutritional and exercise routines I will be able to manage these concurrent diagnoses as others do.”

The Canadian Mental Health Association called MacLeod’s statement “thoughtful and honest.”

“We are always grateful when persons with a public profile help to combat stigma and raise awareness of mental health by telling their story,” said Camille Quenneville, chief executive of the Ontario division.

“She will encourage and inspire other Ontarians of all ages to step forward to seek the care that they need.”

MacLeod politely declined to speak to the Star on Friday, citing a 2019 editorial page cartoon in the newspaper depicting her in a straitjacket.

The Star’s public editor at the time, Kathy English, subsequently wrote a column saying the work by freelance cartoonist Michael de Adder — about a profane tirade against Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk over the team’s performance — should not have been published. MacLeod later apologized for her remarks to Melnyk, who died last March.

“Given MacLeod’s public revelations of some three years ago that she had suffered from depression, for me, that cartoon crossed the Star’s line of taste and appropriateness,” English wrote in the July 11, 2019 column.

The cartoonist said he was not aware of MacLeod’s previous mental health revelations. The Star had reported on her mental health in 2017.

Rob Ferguson is a Toronto-based reporter covering Ontario politics for the Star. Follow him on Twitter: @robferguson1