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I feel no shame about my mental breakdown: it helped make me who I am | David Harewood

As a young actor struggling with the pressures of identity and blackness, I was sectioned under the Mental Health Act – and came out stronger for it

Tuesday was World Mental Health Day, and I was encouraged by a friend to tweet a word of support to help raise awareness of an issue that affects so many people in different ways.

I picked up my phone and tweeted about my experience, 20 odd years ago, when I suffered a breakdown and was sectioned under the Mental Health Act. In truth I didn’t think what I’d written was a big deal. So I was astonished at the reaction: 30,000 people all over the world liked or shared the post.

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