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Maybe I Don't Belong Here: A Memoir of Race, Identity, Breakdown and Recovery

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His excitement and enthusiasm for acting is so wonderfully infectious throughout from the descriptions of watching actors on the Michael Parkinson show to being on stage. He is a contributor to the Oxford Companion to Black British History and in 2019 was awarded an OBE for services to history and community integration. And I think that speaks to just how much mental pressure there is on most black people everyday, sometimes without us even knowing. I was deeply impacted by this very genuine autobiography, the issues of growing up as a black English man in a community that did not accept him as English. The effects of living in this country as a black person and what does that to your mental health needs to be spoken about more and I honestly believe David Harewood has sparked that conversation.

A tremendously brave account of how a young black man loses his grip on reality and is sectioned under the mental health act.David Harewood’s book traces the effects of racial bigotry to a young boy growing up in 1970s Birmingham. Harewood is an advocate of the British government apologising for Britain's participation in the slave trade.

You have to have your failures to have your success, you've got to have your tough times to recognise and appreciate the good times. To then be given the responsibility to direct episodes, is again something that I was never ever given here. see a picture of a black person that they may recognise from the television, they will enquire as to why his picture is there, and then they'll understand… all of the unpaid work that my ancestors did, and the brutality of what they suffered… helped build this house. It is so refreshing but also hard to read his experiences of psychosis and the UK mental health system.

Many people look beyond the oppression, the brutality, and they're not interested in seeing it any other way. But reading the book, this question kept jumping out at me, and that question is What does being Black mean to you?

And speaking to a historian in Barbados, one learns that on every slave that was sold, the monarch took taxes. I also suffer with mental illness, and I found this book so raw and emotional, I think this book is going to help so many people, and it leaves you with a lot to think about.Born in 1965 to parents who’d arrived in Birmingham from Barbados, Harewood, like his father (who was also sectioned), found that the assimilation process led to deep emotional conflict and placed a big strain on his mental health.

Maybe I Don't Belong Here shines a light on the interplay between race, identity and mental well-being with tremendous moral courage. For example, there are a couple of places where he just casually mentions things like he moved in with a woman and had a child. Do you think we can address the statistics talked about in your book about Black oversaturation in the mental health system, if we don't address the legacy of - not just Monarchy because Parliament has had more power since around 1650 - but Britain and it's politics and it's history?David Harewood is an actor, and relatively well-known (many would know him 'off something', most recently I've seen him in Supergirl). I will continue to recommend this book to people who I believe to be in need of it's messages, both in terms of race and of mental health- and of both, combined. In October 2013, Harewood voiced an interactive video campaign for the British Lung Foundation aiming to ban smoking in cars with children on board in the United Kingdom. And perhaps it's not - these last 10 days haven't been the time to express it and dig into it, because people are obviously upset and very emotional.

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