Little Mix star Jesy Nelson on her new BBC mental health documentary: Having suffered myself I decided I want to do something about it

Jesy Nelson
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The X Factor winner is fronting the new show for BBC Three and BBC1

Little Mix star Jesy Nelson has revealed that making a new BBC documentary about mental health is a project “very, very close to my heart”.

The 27-year-old star will share her own struggles with mental health in Jesy Nelson: My Story and also talk to young people who have been affected.

She will investigate what it’s like growing up in a social media fuelled age of selfies, body shaming and trolling.

Jesy says: “This is a project really close to my heart, and I’m delighted to be working with the BBC on a documentary that will both challenge me personally and also highlight a hugely important issue affecting young people today.”

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The Essex-born star also posted a message on Instagram, writing: “Mental health awareness is something we should all be talking about more.

“Having suffered myself I decided I want to do something about it. So I’m pleased to announce I'm making a film with the BBC, telling my own personal story and exploring how social media, body shaming and trolling is effecting the mental health of young people.”

The documentary will premiere exclusively on BBC Three before being screened later on BBC1.

Fiona Campbell, Controller of BBC Three, says: “BBC Three has a rich history of delivering impactful films and we’re really pleased that we can provide a platform for Jesy to tell her story.

“As a young female in a successful girl band where intense scrutiny from the public is the norm, Jesy offers a unique perspective on the impact social media can have on an individual and their mental health. It promises to be an eye-opening watch, full of universal themes which will no doubt resonate with our audience.”

It’s still to be announced when Jesy Nelson: My Story (which is a working title) will be shown.

Jesy Nelson pic: David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock

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