Anthony James Seddon (Big T)
03/09/1982 - 31/03/2013
As a family, we knew very little about mental illness and the struggles Anthony would go through; when he was diagnosed we were scared, didn't know how to help him or if we would be able to cope. Mental illness was not something people talked about, not something people understood. Some family members were embarrassed and slowly distanced themselves from our lives. Anthony had a caring and supportive family and very loyal friends, but this wasn't enough to help him in his case.
Following his death, we as a family have vowed to make his legacy live on and are striving to help people in similar situations as Anthony, and their family and friends who might be struggling to support them as we were, to improve their quality of life, mental health and wellbeing.
Anthony was a lovely, warm young man with a brilliant sense of humour and a smile that could light up the room. He was a popular, energetic and intelligent lad, who sadly struggled with with bi-polar disorder from the age of 18. Following a 12 year battle with the disorder, constantly in and out of hospital, coping with the debilitating side effects of strong medications, he sadly died on 31st March 2013 three days after taking a large overdose of pills. He was only 30 years old, having spent his entire adult life struggling with the physical, emotional and social consequences of mental illness.