Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.–not heard from since June–and being treated for bipolar disorder and depression–on Saturday sent out an automated phone call to voters in his 2nd congressional district pleading for patience 17 days before the election, speaking out about his condition for the first time.

In the robo call Jackson says, “Like many human beings a series of events came together in my life at the same time and they have been difficult to sort through. I am human. I am doing my best. I am trying to sort through them all.”

He said he is “anxious to return to work on your behalf” but it is against “medical advice” for him to do so. While he is “starting to heal,” Jackson said his doctors told him “the road to recovery is a long one.”