Maybe I Don’t Belong Here

David Harewood

Original publisher: BluebirdMemoir

In this powerful memoir, the actor David Harewood recounts his psychotic break-down and recovery — whilst addressing the connection between mental health and issues of race, identity and belonging.

When David Harewood was only two years out of drama school, he had what he now understands to have been a psychotic breakdown. He ended up being kept on a locked ward. David had little understanding of what was happening to him and at the time nobody seemed able to offer any help for what he was experiencing. Had it not been for some extraordinary friends who decided to see to it that he was hospitalised; he may well have vanished into the London night.

This book combines an incredible account of a harrowing period of this distinguished actor’s life with an urgent discussion of black British male identity, mental breakdown and recovery.