By David Saunders, Health Editor | UPDATED: 08:28, 08 July 2020
Jesy Nelson: My Story (w/t) 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 of the media for the past seven years, 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.
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.”
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.”
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. It is an October Films production and the Director is Adam Goodall. The Executive Producers are Richard Cook, Adam Bullmore and Matt Robins and the Producer is Candace Davies.
It was commissioned by Fiona Campbell, Controller BBC Three and David Brindley, Head of Commissioning, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment. The Commissioning Editor is Max Gogarty.
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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. More details coming soon. @bbcone @bbcthree