Gemma Collins is set to open up about her self-harming past in the upcoming documentary, 'Gemma Collins: Self Harm & Me'.
The upcoming Channel 4 film sees the 40-year-old reality star - who shot to fame on 'The Only Way is Essex' in 2011 - team up with mental health charity Mind to highlight the worrying rise in cases of self-harm in the past decade.
As well as speaking to young people about their own experiences, Gemma - who is also known as The GC - will open up about her own self-harming for the first time in a bid to help others.
An insider told The Sun: “Gemma and Channel 4 have worked closely together with Mind to make this new film that will come out later this year.
“The rates of self-harm have soared by 70 per cent in the past decade, with a third of 16 to 25 year old's saying they have self-harmed at some point. Gemma wanted to do something to help raise awareness on the topic.
“She has never spoken before publicly about her experience of self-harming but believes by using her platform and speaking about how it affected her, she can ultimately help others.
“This is a side to Gemma rarely seen by anyone outside of her inner circle and is deeply personal.
“However she feels by speaking out and telling her story, she will help others to reach out and talk to someone before it’s too late.”
Lee Murray, Channel 4’s Commissioning Editor, commented: “Gemma Collins has taken the brave decision to open up about her own experience with self-harm.
“As an instantly recognisable and relatable figure we applaud her courage in revealing her own struggles, and hope this film and her insight will spark vitally important conversations around young people and self-harm”.
Mind added: “Our research at Mind has also shown that when people in the public eye speak about their mental health, it encourages others to do the same – as many as one in five people have spoken to a loved one as a direct result of seeing a celebrity speak out.
“This demonstrates how vital it is that people in the public eye continue to speak honestly about their mental health experiences, including coping mechanisms like self-harm.
“Mind is working with Channel 4 to ensure the issues covered are handled sensitively and portrayed accurately.
“We hope that this storyline will help to build a greater understanding of why some young people use self-harm as a way to deal with poor mental health, and that it will encourage viewers who are struggling to get the support they need.”
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