Dastyari recalls darkness after political resignation
FORMER Labor senator Sam Dastyari contemplated suicide and did not leave his bedroom for six days after quitting federal Parliament in disgrace.
The fallen NSW Labor star (pictured) says after initially feeling relief when he resigned in December over a scandal involving his links to Chinese business figures, he experienced a period of depression.
“I spent six days where I didn’t leave my bedroom,” he told News Corp in an interview published yesterday.
“There were certainly nights where your logic goes so out the door, that you suddenly start thinking things like: Well, the people who love me would be better off if I wasn’t here anymore.”
Mr Dastyari partied hard after being prescribed antide- pressants, hitting the booze until reaching a breaking point.
“It was 3am, I’m at the casino – because it’s Sydney and everything else is closed – and I’m drinking heavily for like the third or fourth night in a row and I go: Something’s gotta change.”
The former senator ate nothing and drank only water for 15 days afterwards. He has since reached a stage of acceptance but has not forgiven himself for the mistakes that led to his downfall.
“I’m not there,” he said. Lifeline: 13 11 14.