Little Mix’s Jesy Nelson will open up about her struggles with mental health in a new BBC documentary.
Provisionally titled Jesy Nelson: My Story, the one-off special will look at how growing up in a social media-fuelled age of selfies, body shaming and trolling is having a profound impact on the mental health of young people.
Having lived in the spotlight and under the intense scrutiny since rising to fame on The X Factor seven years ago, Jesy will bring this unique insight and passion to the documentary, as she shares her very personal experiences and talks to young people who have been affected.
Announcing the programme on her Instagram today (March 20), Jesy told her followers: "So I can finally announce that I am making a film with the BBC and it's a subject that's really, really close to my heart and it's about mental health awareness.
"One in four men and women suffer from mental health and it's a subject that I personally think we don't speak about enough, and I'm making this film because I really, really want to make a change to other people's lives."
Jesy went on to say: “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”.
Fiona Campbell, Controller of BBC Three, added: “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.”
David Brindley, Head of Commissioning, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment at the BBC, says: “We’re delighted to be working with Jesy on what promises to be a very personal film. We hope her encounters whilst making the documentary will be helpful both to her and millions of others around the country who are going through similar experiences.”
The documentary will premiere exclusively on BBC Three before it airs on BBC One.