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Helping hand on mental health issues
Friday 11th January 2019 @ 14:51 by David Jones
News Tameside

A dad whose bathroom recording of a Neil Young classic helped his battle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is supporting others with mental health problems.

James Seville’s version of ‘Hey, Hey My Mind’  has so far achieved more than 14,000 hits on social media and he has raised hundreds of pounds for Tameside, Oldham and Glossop MIND.

The next step for the 29-year-old from Charlestown Road, Glossop, is becoming one of MIND’s ‘ambassadors’.

He wants to support people with their wellbeing and mental health. 

Helping them to understand more about their own mental health, as well as others around them, so that everyone gets the right support when they need it.

James, a care worker in the High Peak, said: “Mental health is nothing to be ashamed of, it can affect anyone, it’s just the same as any illnesss, but people are afraid to talk about it.”

James, who has the support of Jason Bromley, a senior manager at the MIND cafe / headquarters at 216-218 Katherine Street, Ashton, says men in particular are reluctant to find help.

We first told James’ story in November, revealing how his four-year-old son Alfie had innocently helped turned his life around

James who had almost lost his life in a horrific car crash was feeling low, PTSD had set in.

Then one day Alfie told his dad he wanted to play the ukelele.

James recalled: “I just started to play to give my mind a break.’

The little session worked wonders. James was feeling happy again.

He recorded the Neil Young song, put it on social media and the response was immediate.

Messages of support and admiration flooded in, the depression that followed the car crash that left him with a bleed on the brain and crushed legs began to melt away.

James put the recovery and new found happiness down to the love and support of Alfie and his partner Louise, 27.

He said: “I genuinely believe that if it wasn’t for Lou and Alfie, my family and friends, I would not be here today.”

James now wants to help give that sense of well being to others, which is why he often joins Jason at Katherine Street.

It could lead to another recording.

“We could do a musical follow up,” said Jason, who like James wants to get rid of the stigma that mental health is something to be ashamed of.

Until then they want to  spread the word that Tameside, Oldham and Glossop MIND, offers help, support and guidance on all mental health issues – and that its cafe serves great coffee.