BBC Documentary about online bullying

My name is Claire and I am a researcher at October Films, a TV production company based in London. We are making a BBC documentary looking at the relationship between online bullying and mental health issues, in young women growing up today; filmed through the eyes of one of the most famous women in the UK.

This will be a deeply personal film showing one woman’s rise to fame, and her subsequent battle with mental health issues, which was fuelled by negative media coverage and abusive online trolls. But with self-harm amongst young girls, and teenage suicide both doubling in the last decade; her experience is certainly not exclusive to the high-profile and famous. In order to understand the statistics and the root cause of the issue, she will be meeting and swapping stories with other young women who have endured similar experiences online.

We would like to speak with other young women whose lives and mental health have been impacted by online bullying or abuse. Initially this would be for a confidential research conversation to help inform the content of our documentary, with no obligation to be filmed. However we would also like to offer them the opportunity to consider contributing further by sharing their stories on camera.

We feel it would also be incredibly important to include the story of a young woman who has tragically taken her own life, after enduring online bullying and pressures from social media. Sensitively telling their story through interview with their loved ones, will give us the opportunity to raise awareness, highlight warning signs to look out for, and to explain the long-lasting ripple effect of suicide. We are hoping to make contact with the family of a young woman who has died by suicide, to inform them about our documentary and to offer them the chance to contribute in whatever way feels right for them.

We are looking to talk to as many people as possible who feel comfortable telling their story, with no obligation to speak to us again or to commit to being filmed. If you have any questions about the project or would like to talk further please do not hesitate in getting in contact either via email claire.york@octoberfilms.co.uk or 07772 337007

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