Jesy Nelson, best known for being 1/4 of the world’s biggest girlband Little Mix, has revealed that she will be teaming up with the BBC for a new documentary which aims to shine a light on mental health.
Jesy’s documentary will focus on growing up in the digital age and the negative effects of social media. These include the pressure to take the perfect selfie, body shaming and trolling, all of which impact on the mental health of young people.
Having grown up in the spotlight, Jesy has dealt with plenty of abuse, criticism and trolling online for over seven years. During the documentary, she will share some of her personal insight with regards to mental health, whilst also speaking to other young people who have been affected.
Speaking about the documentary, Jesy said: “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, said: “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.”
Jesy’s documentary will premiere exclusively on BBC Three later this year before it airs on BBC One.