Sons musical wish helped dad overcome PTSD
Thursday 29th November 2018 @ 12:20 by Lee Wild
Glossop

Recording a Neil Young classic in his bathroom has helped a young Glossop dad’s battle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

It has also raised more than £400 for Tameside, Oldham and Glossop MIND.

James Seville, who almost lost his life in an horrific car crash, has  now turned his life around thanks to his young son Alfie.

Sitting in the family home in Charlestown, James recalled: “He told me he wanted to play the ukulele. I just started to play to give my mind a break.”

The little session between dad and four-year-old Alfie worked – James was feeling happy again.

He believes Alfie gave him the motivation and desire to get his life back on track again and it wasn’t long before James was in his bathroom videoing himself playing the Neil Young song ‘Hey, Hey My Mind’.

He put it on social media and in just a few days it had achieved 10,000 hits, raising vital cash for the mental health charity — and winning plenty of admiring messages for his singing. It was a different feeling from the ones that James had 10 years ago in an accident that almost took his life.

He recalled: “I was a passenger in a car that crashed on my way home from work. I hit my head against the window and I was in a bad state. I had a brain bleed, my legs were crushed, I could not walk or
talk.”

James, a care worker, longed to get back to the job he loved, but his condition made that impossible.

It was then when the dark bouts of depression caused by the PTSD kicked in.

He said: “I kept getting flashbacks, I felt my mind was rotting.

“I felt I needed to exit out of this world.”

James accepted he had a PTSD mental health condition, but had kept it to himself and  puts his recovery and new found happiness down to the love and support of his partner Louise, 27  – they plan to marry in April – and Alfie.

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

Next step now is to get back to work, which he hopes will be not too far away. James says he has spoken out about his condition to show other similar sufferers, that recovery is possible and happiness can return.

As he says on a social media message that accompanies his song… ‘be yourself, embrace life and all it has to offer and don’t take it too seriously…be yourself, everyone else is already taken’.

To see and hear James singing and to make a donation you can visit his Facebook page