Biden talks about son's struggles with mental illness, substance abuse

Biden talks about son's struggles with mental illness, substance abuse

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenWhite House: Window for finalizing sweeping budget package 'closing' Jayapal says tuition-free community college 'probably won't' be in spending plan Jan. 6 panel votes to hold Bannon in contempt MORE spoke candidly about his son Hunter Biden's struggles with addiction and mental illness in a Monday evening CNN interview alongside his wife Jill Biden.

“Beau is my soul, Hunter is my heart,” Joe Biden said, referencing his eldest son, who died of cancer in 2015. “And Hunter’s been through some tough times, but he’s fighting, he’s never given up. He’s the most honorable, decent person I know.”



Host Chris CuomoChris CuomoThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Arizona recount to show Trump's loss by even wider margin Former co-worker accuses Chris Cuomo of sexual harassment in NYT essay Tucker Carlson says he lies when 'I'm really cornered or something' MORE brought Hunter Biden up in the context of a recent New Yorker piece that detailed his problems with substance abuse, with Joe Biden telling Cuomo that Hunter’s participation in the profile “took enormous courage.”

“Everybody has to deal with these issues in a way that’s consistent with who they are and what they are,” Joe Biden said. “The idea that we treat mental health and physical health as though somehow they’re distinct – it’s health."

Joe Biden added that, when the White House was developing the Affordable Care Act, “parity between mental health and physical health” was “a fundamental breakthrough in how things should work.”

“We’ve seen his struggle and we know most American families are dealing with some sort of struggle like we are, and I think they can relate to us as parents who are hopeful and are supportive of our son,” Jill Biden said.