Sunday 18 February 2018

David Harewood talks about being sectioned as celebrities open up about mental health struggles

Stars were speaking out on World Mental Health Day.

David Harewood
David Harewood

By Joe Nerssessian, Press Association

Homeland star David Harewood has revealed he was sectioned after suffering a breakdown during his 20s.

The actor joined a number of celebrities speaking out on World Mental Health Day and encouraging people to open up if they are struggling.

Harewood wrote in a post on Twitter: “It’s #WorldMentalHealthDay today. As someone who had a breakdown and was sectioned in my 20’s I’m here to tell you that there’s no shame in talking about it if your struggling.

“I haven’t done too bad since! Go easy on yourself today, and get some help if you can.”

Demi Lovato, The xx, Lady Gaga and a number of other stars also took to social media to promote the day of awareness.

The xx shared an emotional message on Instagram documenting their own struggles in opening up to each other.

The trio wrote: “The 3 of us are best friends, we have grown up together but even so sometimes we have found it hard over the years to really open up and talk to each other when things were troubling us.

We are so grateful for songwriting as it has given us a place to pour our emotions into. Sometimes we’ve said things to each other in a song, before we felt brave enough to say it out loud.”

And singer Dua Lipa told fans at a gig to “speak to friends” if they ever struggled with mental health issues, footage posted online showed.

Press Association

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