Gemma Collins opens up about her struggles with self-harm in new Channel 4 film

In a new hard-hitting Channel Four film TOWIE'S Gemma Collins opens up about her struggles with self-harm.

Known for her infectious personality and positivity Gemma talks for the first time about how she self-harmed.

The 40-year-old reality television star has a legion of fans and Gemma's revelations will no doubt shock many, but she also has a unique skill to connect with people through openness and honesty.

The courageous decision to tell her story will be screened later in the year and will be called Gemma Collins: Self Harm & Me, reports The Sun.

Working with the charity Mind and Channel Four, Gemma will be seen speaking to youngsters that also battle with self-harm and listening to their experiences.

At the same time Gemma will reflect and try to understand her own relationship with self harm as a way to stay in control.

An insider said: “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.

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“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.”

According to those involved in the programme over the last 10 years rates of self harm have risen by 70 per cent with a third of 16 to 25 year olds indicating they have self-harmed at some stage in their lives.

Gemma will talk very candidly about her own mental health struggles hoping that young people hear her and get help.

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Lee Murray, Channel Four’s Commissioning Editor applauded Gemma's "brave decision" to open up about self-harm and hopes the film will force "important conversations" about self-harm.

Meanwhile, mental health charity Mind told the paper: “Mind is working with Channel 4 to ensure the issues covered are handled sensitively and portrayed accurately.”

Gemma recently announced that she was back with her ex-fiancé, Rami Hawash and is hoping to start her own family in the near future.

She dropped the bombshell as part of the final series of her Love Lounge podcast.

"I've got a lovely partner now and I'm very happy, I never saw that coming and I never predicted it,” she said happily.

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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