James Arthur: X Factor saved me from depression

'X Factor' winner James Arthur has revealed the ITV show saved him from suicidal thoughts and his experience with depression has inspired him to help others with mental health issues ahead of Comic Relief

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This article is from 2013.

James Arthur at the TalkTalk secret X Factor gig

James Arthur

James Arthur claims 'The X Factor' saved his life.

The singing competition's reigning champion has confessed he suffered from crippling anxiety and depression and immersing himself in music is the only thing that pulled him back from the "darkest point" of his life, helping banish his suicidal thoughts.

James was inspired to support Comic Relief after his experience and hopes people will donate generously to help people with mental health issues.

He said: "Sometimes I can't sleep, I've got that many creative ideas going round my head. I get the guitar out and start singing at the top of my voice until I feel any anxiety draining away.

"Music is my coping mechanism. Singing something passionately releases that energy."

The 'Impossible' singer visited a local project in his home town of Middlesbrough called STAMP Revisited, where he chatted to people struggling with similar issues to raise awareness ahead of tonight's (15.03.13) Red Nose Day extravaganza on BBC One.

He is quoted by The Sun newspaper as saying: "In my life I've had some low points, so now it's really important to give something back because I'm really passionate about changing people's perceptions about mental health."

Comic Relief kicks off at 7pm and highlights include 'The Vicar Of Dibley' cast reunion, Ricky Gervais' grand return as David Brent, and Simon Cowell walking down the aisle for the first time.

This article is from 2013.

James Arthur

The singer and winner of the ninth series of The X Factor takes his 'The Story So Far' tour on the road.

O2 Academy Sheffield

Mon 29 May

£33.60 / 0844 477 2000

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