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In this vlog for HuffPost UK, James talks about his struggles with his own mental health, and how he they inspired him to found Sanctus to make a difference and broaden acceptance of mental health issues, and why we should take our mental health as seriously as our physical health.
Saagar felt he was broken. After his death, I was broken. I found that our education, society and health care system are broken. I realised that the way forward was to improve mental health literacy in the community. The NHS does not have enough resources or expertise. We need to educate and empower ourselves to take care of ourselves and our loved ones.
I was the one who was standing in the middle of a major motorway in Northern Italy at rush hour, wearing nothing but his khaki shorts, backing up traffic for 10 miles, letting one vehicle pass at a time and doing so with more conviction and sense of purpose than any human who'd walked the face of the earth. I was the one who - in the true sense of the meaning - had lost his mind. Now five years on, I'm being called crazy for all the right reasons.
I can say that without any doubt, at all, there is an alternative to suicide. If you are suffering from depression or another mental illness, it can be incredibly difficult to see through the dark clouds but the light is on the other side of those clouds and whilst there is no easy fix there is always a way forward.
When you join at 16 or 17 you go through real intense psychological change, become ultra-loyal and this fight or flight mechanism is manipulated - you are conditioned to fight, it becomes normal. I had become blinkered to army life. I think it is why people struggle so much when leaving. I left the army in 2013 and felt so different to other people. I had no experience of civilian life.
It would be helpful if GP surgeries could monitor the emotional and mental health of patients who disclose that they have been affected by major life events. There certainly seems to be a case for closer questioning to check how deeply affected the person is.