James Arthur will front a brand new documentary on mental health for BBC Three, as he discusses his own battle with mental health as well as opening up the conversation about mental health Men and the use of antidepressants
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James Arthur is presenting a new BBC documentary on mental health, as he opens up about his own battles.
The singer – who won the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012 – will discuss men’s mental health and the use of antidepressants in a new BBC Three documentary later this year.
James said it would be “humble” to talk about his own battle with mental health and issues with antidepressant use as he prepares for another tour around the country.
“It’s a special thing to do, this documentary,” he began, sharing the documentary’s importance to himself and the public, “Obviously the subject matter is extremely heavy. construction, so it’s hard to hear from people who’ve had the guts to pitch their stories for the film knowing how important it is to be a part of something like this.
“It’s a topic that definitely needs more discussion; men’s mental health and our dependence as a nation on antidepressants & anti-anxiety. I myself have been. there, so it’s humbling to be a part of something going on to shed some light on it.”
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Fiona Campbell, BBC Three Controller, added: “We are grateful to James for placing his trust in us to share his story.
“Despite some of the themes the film will explore, we hope it will be brimming with optimism and show that there is light at the end of the tunnel for those with similar experiences.”
James – whose 60-minute documentary has been titled James Arthur: Out of Our Minds – has been open about his own battle with mental health.
“I don’t think I made it clear when I appeared on the X Factor. There was so much pressure and so many judges. But I wanted the chance to be on the show because I wanted to do something on my own. The X Factor seemed like a way out,” he said.
Speaking of 2016, he added: “I’ve suffered from depression and I’m an anxious character. Even before the X Factor, I was pretty much self-medicating to get myself in. day by day.
“When I got on the show, everything happened so fast and I just wasn’t prepared for the level of attention and anxiety that came with it. I mean, the days before I auditioned, I was living in a state of mind. sharing a bed with everyone who thought I was. got in and out.”
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