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NYC Mayor de Blasio outlines plan to treat mental illness

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's eyes watered and his face flushed. His voice faltered and, at one point as he struggled for the next sentence, his two college-aged children each placed a hand on his back to steady him.

The mayor was outlining the city's wide-ranging, $850 million initiative to support and treat New Yorkers suffering from mental illness, and he grew emotional as he framed the effort to help with his own family's struggles with depression.

His father returned from World War II wounded and depressed. He became an alcoholic, left the family when de Blasio was a child and committed suicide when the future mayor was 18. And the mayor's 20-year-old daughter,...