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Dr Alex: Our Young Mental Health Crisis

Dr Alex: Our Mental Health Crisis will see Dr Alex George follow the journeys of young people across the UK who are living with mental health issues. Children and young people across the UK are facing short, medium and long-term impacts on their mental health and emotional wellbeing as a result of the pandemic and this film will see Alex explore the wide range of mental health issues currently impacting children and young people and find out how local charities, including BBC Children in Need funded projects, are making a difference.

As an A&E doctor, who serves as the UK Youth Mental Health Ambassador, Alex has seen first-hand the effects of the pandemic on young people’s mental wellbeing, but he never thought it would affect his own family. In July 2020, Alex’s 19-year-old brother Llyr – who had been struggling with anxiety during lockdown – took his own life.

In this poignant film, produced by Dragonfly North, part of Banijay UK, for BBC One, Alex will follow the journeys of young people who are facing mental health issues, and explore the difference that can be made thanks to projects like SAFA, The Wave Project and YoungMinds.

Format:
Series
Year of production:
2021
Commissioning broadcasters:
BBC One