As she rolls out three mental health-related bills, Senator Smith opens up about her struggles with depression in our "Mind Matters" series.
MINNEAPOLIS — We've known her as the Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota and now as a U.S. Senator.
Now she's sharing a more personal side.
"Those things that did give you joy, they don't anymore," Smith says. "It's like the engine has stopped running."
Smith says her struggles with depression first started when she was in college when, what felt like a rough patch, wasn't coming to an end.
"I described it as all of the color just draining out of my life. All of the things that would give me joy, would make me happy, would give me a sense of contentment – it was just gone," she says. "I couldn't figure out how to get it back."
She says her roommate finally suggested that she get some help. Smith ended up working with a …