The 29-year-old, X-Factor winner James Arthur has reached out in support of fellow contestant Jahméne Douglas, 26, after he shared a worrying Twitter post. He opened up about his battle with depression by sharing a long post where he wrote:”I feel like the devil is in my head, constantly pushing me back to that one option of death” any moreand “I feel so empty”.
The singer appeared in the ninth series of the hit show alongside James.
It continued: “It doesn’t seem to matter how much I try to fix myself, who I talk to or what I put in place. I always come back to this. All I am ever left with is the desire to die. I don’t want it, but I do. That’s the inner battle. I’m scared the next time I try I will succeed because I have nothing in place anymore.”
The post was very shocking for the fans who became extremely concerned and started to offer their support. This also got the attention of James Arthur who previously had spoken about his own mental health issues.
@Jahmene Brother I’m here for you. Answer your phone. I know what you’re going through. Pick up. 🙏🏻❤️
— James Arthur (@JamesArthur23) March 3, 2017
Speaking on This Morning recently James said: “I’ve suffered with depression and I’m an anxious character. Even before the X Factor I was self-medicating quite a bit to just to get myself through the day. When I was on the show, everything happened so quickly and I just wasn’t prepared for the level of attention and scurrility that came with it. The whole thing was so bizarre and I didn’t now how to deal with it. So I pressed the self-destruct button and it’s as simple as that.”
So please, if you feel like you have nowhere to turn, remember that there will always be people there to listen to you and support you when you need it most. This also includes the CALMzone who offers support to everyone.
The helpline and web chat service are open 5pm to midnight, every day of the year in the UK. Nationwide: 0800 58 58 58; London: 0808 802 58; Webchat: www.thecalmzone.net/get-help
You can contact the Samaritans on a Freephone number – 116 123. Alternatively, you can email [email protected]