I'm a Celebrity star Roman Kemp's Our Silent Emergency film praised for opening dialogue on suicide

Stephanie Chase
·3-min read

From Digital Spy

Note: The following article contains discussion of themes including suicide that some readers may find upsetting.

On Tuesday evening (March 16), BBC One aired Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency, an important documentary exploring the mental health and suicide crisis affecting young men.

In the documentary, I'm a Celebrity star Roman shared the story of his close friend Joe Lyons, who passed away last year.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Despite being close friends who worked together, Roman had no idea how Joe was feeling in the months and weeks leading up to his death.

On a journey to try and understand why suicide rates are so high among young men, Roman spoke to his friends, as well as a group of teenagers in Belfast dealing with the recent loss of their friend.

He also visited Lighthouse in Belfast, which offers support to those going through mental health issues and those dealing with the loss of someone close to them.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Roman also shared how he and his friends are helping each other following Joe's death, saying that they now ask each other twice if they're okay.

Viewers praised Roman for his openness and bravery throughout the documentary. Many also noted how important it was for opening up the dialogue on suicide and Roman's pledge to ask twice if someone is okay.

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Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency is available to stream now on BBC iPlayer.

We would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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