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David Harewood explores mental health in new BBC doc

MENTAL HEALTH: David Harewood suffered a breakdown and was sectioned in his 20s

DAVID HAREWOOD will explore psychosis in a new one-off documentary as part of BBC Two’s mental health series.

Harewood, who has himself suffered with psychosis, meets with people living with the mental health condition and recounts his own experience throughout the documentary.

He also spends time with NHS mental health professionals and police in his hometown of Birmingham, accompanying them as they respond to 999 calls in relation to people in distress.

“I feel talking about and researching my psychosis has been the single most important thing I’ve ever done. It hasn’t been an easy thing to do. Making the documentary was very difficult as I realised during filming that I had buried the memory and trauma of being hospitalised nearly 30 years ago,” Harewood told the BBC.

He added: “However, since discovering exactly how ill I was and recovering my records from that time. I have been able to examine why the breakdown happened in the first place. Talking about these things can only shed more light and I have found by acknowledging my own vulnerabilities, I’m able to understand myself better and care for myself in a way that previously wouldn’t have been an option for me.”

The actor has spoken openly about his own experiences with psychosis, first revealing publicly that he was sectioned as a young man on Mental Health Awareness Day in 2017.

Using Twitter, Harewood told followers that he had a breakdown and was hospitalised in his 20s.

“I’m here to tell you that there’s no shame in talking about it if you’re struggling. I haven’t done too bad since! Go easy on yourself today, and get some help if you can,” he said.

Harewood’s programme is one of three which look at mental health from the personal perspective of public figures. Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussein will explore anxiety and Tony Blair’s former director of communications and writer Alastair Campbell will look at depression in two separate documentaries in the series.

David Harewood: Psychosis and Me will air on BBC Two on May 16 at 9pm.

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