James Arthur to front mental health documentary

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BBC has announced James Arthur will front a new documentary where the singer will open up about his struggles with mental health.

The performer, who launched his career after winning The X Factor in 2012, will investigate the stigma around mental illness and how men rely on anti-depressants in the hope it will control their condition.

Arthur said: "It’s been such a special thing to make. Obviously the subject matter is extremely heavy, so it’s been really difficult to hear from blokes who have had the courage to offer up their stories for the film."

He told The Sun’s TV Biz column:  "It’s a topic that undoubtedly needs more discussion — male mental health and our reliance as a nation on anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medication. I’ve been there myself, so it’s humbling to be a part of something that is going to shed some light on it.”

A BBC spokesman said: “We are grateful to James for putting his trust in us to share his story.

"Despite some of the themes the film will explore, we hope it will be full of optimism and will show there is light at the end of the tunnel for people with similar experiences."

James Arthur: Out Of Our Minds' is set to air on BBC Three later this year.