Steve Grimmett shares about his battle with depression since losing his right leg in January 2017
Grim Reaper frontman Steve Grimmett has gone through a lot in the last three years or so including losing his right leg to a bad infection while on tour in South America back in January 2017. Grimmett has been battling with depression since that time and shared some of his struggles via his Facebook account today as he indicated:
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Whilst I was battling with how to get back on stage, after suddenly losing my leg in January 2017, I didn’t realise that something deep within me had started to take over. I became very irritable then ‘normal’ one minute and down in the depths another. At around 8 weeks after I got home from hospital I started to lose my hair and, little did I know, this was the start of the signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I was trying to stay strong and positive and at the time I didn’t think I was depressed and so wasn’t diagnosed until June 2018, 18 months after my leg was amputated.
Moving forward, I sadly lost my brother, Alan, on 21st Nov 2018 and that totally devastated me. I was having anxiety attacks and feeling I couldn’t cope with anything. I spiralled downwards so quickly that I finally hit a brick wall, the smallest of thing put me over the edge and I had suicidal thoughts. What stopped me was my kids, my wife and the rest of my family. I just couldn’t do it to them. The next day my wife took me to the Doctors who put me on anti-depressants. I attended a bereavement course which, even though it hit raw nerves, really helped me.
I try and look after and support my brother’s family, as best I can, and we know we have the worst to come, with the anniversary of Alan’s death, but I feel prepared for this now. We are a close, strong family who will get through this together.
I still have this problem (minus the suicidal thoughts) but I am learning, day by day, to cope with it. There are days when I am knocked down but I am determined to keep fighting and keep getting better.
I pray that by telling my story it will encourage anyone who feels the same way to reach out and get help before it is too late.
Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper will be releasing their new studio album At The Gates tomorrow (on October 11, 2019).
Sleaze Roxx recently caught Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper in concert in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and stated the following in its review: “Overall, the concert definitely exceeded my expectations, the atmosphere from the smaller but rabid crowd was excellent and Grim Reaper‘s arsenal of songs is definitely an underrated one. Shortly after the concert, I also purchased my first Grim Reaper albums (online) and look forward to obtaining At The Gates whenever it’s released. Yes, it took more than 30 years but I am now a “paying” customer when it comes to Grim Reaper and I am glad and find it quite inspiring that Steve Grimmett is still touring despite the obvious crushing setback of losing his right leg.”