Little Mix’s Jesy Nelson explores mental health in upcoming BBC documentary

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The 27-year-old singer, is set to look at how growing up in a social media-fueled age of selfies, body shaming and trolling is having a profound effect on young people’s mental health and will also share her own very personal experiences, in new BBC documentary.

In 2011, Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jesy Nelson all individually auditioned on the eighth series of The X Factor. Brought together by the judges, they went on to become the first group to win the competition and were signed by Simon Cowell’s label Syco. Interestingly, Little Mix appeared on Debrett’s 2017 list of the most influential people in the UK.

Revealing the upcoming documentary to her 5.1million Instagram followers, she added: ‘One in four men and women suffer with mental health and it’s a subject that I think we don’t speak about enough. ‘I’m making this film because I really, really want to make a change and a difference to other people’s lives.’

Speaking about Jesy’s documentary, BBC Three Controller Fiona Campbell says she is ‘pleased’ the channel ‘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,’ she added.

‘We’re delighted to be working with Jesy on what promises to be a very personal film,’ added the BBC’s Head of Commissioning. ‘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.’

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