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Adam Deacon trains to be mental health support worker at NHS hospital

Adam Deacon

Adam Deacon will help others in mental health crisis (Picture: Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Adam Deacon has revealed he has trained to be a mental health support worker and will be helping patients at the same NHS hospital where he was sectioned six years ago. 

The Kidulthood star, 38, will be helping others with mental health struggles at the same time as directing his new film Sumotherhood, which was announced this week.

He told the Daily Star: ‘I’ve just finished a nine-week course to do this. I will be helping patients. It will be at the same hospital I was sectioned in. I’m so proud of that.

‘Mental health is what I’m all about. We need to break the stigma and raise awareness. We’ve got to make real change.’

The Bafta Award-winning actor had been sectioned under the Mental Health Act in 2015 after suffering a breakdown.

The same year he was also found guilty of harassment without violence against Kidulthood creator Noel Clarke, after accusing him of sabotaging his career. 

Undated handout photo issued by Belstone Pictures, Deaconstructed and Piece of Pie Productions of (left to right) Jazzie Zonzolo, Richie Campbell and Adam Deacon at 3 Mills Studios in east London. Kidulthood and Adulthood star Deacon has announced his return to filmmaking with Sumotherhood. Issue date: Thursday July 1, 2021. PA Photo. The Bafta-winner will produce, direct and star in the film, which is described as the first UK urban-action-comedy. See PA story SHOWBIZ Deacon. Photo credit should read: Belstone Pictures/Deaconstructed/Piece of Pie Productions/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Adam recently announced his latest project, Sumotherhood (Picture: PA)

Adam also revealed that he is finally happy again and has more projects in the pipeline, telling the paper: ‘I’m happy for the first time in a long time. I feel so blessed about the future.’

Sumotherhood, a UK urban action comedy, will see him team up with Michael Vu once more, who worked with him as a writer on Adam’s directorial debut on 2011 film Anuvahood.

Adam said of the project: ‘The last few years have been a turbulent time for me and it’s been tough to get my life back on track.

‘After previously having a hit movie I thought it would be a lot easier to get my follow-up film made.

‘Many false starts later we finally have a great team behind us and I am ready to create something new and fresh that hasn’t been seen before.’

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