“The success of the awards contributed to my nervous breakdown”



<p>Adam Deacon shares his own experiences with mental health and why mental health services need to be improved.</p>
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<p><figcaption class=Adam Deacon has admitted that awards success in his career contributed to his nervous breakdown. (ITV/Hello Great Britain)

Adam Deacon said winning a Bafta contributed to his mental breakdown as he felt lost after the initial summit.

the Childhood star – who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder six years ago – won the Bafta Rising Star Award in 2012 and believed he was destined for Hollywood, only to feel rejected by the industry.

Deacon, 38, said Hello Brittany“I was pretty naive, you know, when I won that Bafta.

“I thought Hollywood was going to come calling, and to be honest, there was so much going on behind the scenes and I faced a lot of things, there was a lot going on, and at the same time I don’t think the industry knew what to do with me, so it affected my mental health.

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“It was like a huge high, thinking I was going to be on huge film sets not to work at all, so it was a weird time.

“I’m just happy it’s all over and I’ve been given a second chance now.”

Adam Deacon won the Bafta Rising Star Award in 2012. (Getty Images)

Last year, Deacon suffered another breakdown during lockdown, triggered by the loss of a friend to coronavirus.

He is now retraining to become an NHS mental health worker at the same hospital where he was treated as a patient after being sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

Watch: Adam Deacon urged anyone struggling with their mental health to talk to someone

Deacon said: “When I had my struggles I had a hard time connecting to anyone who’s been through it…no one from my background, from social housing, so I knew when I was better, I wanted to help.”

And he stressed the importance of speaking up – insisting there’s no shame in men admitting they need help.

Deacon said: “As a man you don’t want to come across as weak, you want to come across as a strong man, so it’s taken ages to get help – but just know there’s light at the end of the tunnel.”

He added: “You can’t wait for everything to go wrong to get help.”

Adam Deacon retrained as an NHS mental health support worker.  (Getty Images)

Adam Deacon retrained as an NHS mental health support worker. (Getty Images)

Deacon rose to fame after starring in Noel Clarke films Childhood and Adulthood, and in 2011 made his own film parody, Anuvahood.

Deacon was convicted of non-violent harassment in 2015 after a public feud with Clarke on Twitter.

In 2016, Deacon was arrested for allegedly threatening members of the public in London armed with a knife and a machete.

He was found not guilty of affray and possession of an offensive weapon after the jury found he was mentally ill and not responsible for his actions.

Read more: Adam Deacon talks about his struggle with bipolar disorder

Deacon spoke to Stephen Fry about his bipolar diagnosis in a 2016 BBC documentary.

If you need emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person, or go to the Samaritans website, www.samaritans.org.

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