Anthony James Seddon (Big T)
3rd September 1982 to 31st March 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, not knowing how to help him or even 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 sadly 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. We have personal experience of the struggles that family and friends may be going through as they try to support someone with mental health issues. Through setting up this charity in Anthony's name, we are aiming to improve the quality of life and support people struggling with mental health issues in Tameside, whilst also offering support to their friends and family who may neglect their own mental health and wellbeing, or just don't know what services are available to them.
Anthony was a lovely, warm young man with a brilliant sense of humour and a smile that could light up a room. He was a popular, energetic and intelligent lad who sadly struggled with bi-polar disorder from the age of 18. After a 12 year battle with the disorder, constantly in and out of hospital, sometimes struggling to cope 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 battle with the physical, emotional and social consequences of mental illness.