Anxiety UK has welcomed the launch of a new TV series on channel E4 that it says will help bring mental health issues in young people into the mainstream and help reduce the stigma attached to such conditions.
Set in the mid-90s the new show, My Mad Fat Diary, will take a humourous but honest look at teenage life through the eyes of 16-year old Rae Earl, played by Sharon Rooney in her first major acting role.
The series is based on the true life experiences of Rae Earl and has been adapted from her own diaries and subsequent book, My Mad Fat Teenage Diary.
Nicky Lidbetter, Anxiety UK’s Chief Executive, said: “As a charity regularly dealing with mental health issues that young people have to tackle every day and the stigma attached to them we very much welcome this new series.
“This will help bring the topic into the mainstream and encourage more young people to talk about their problems.
“It is a bold step for E4 but one that should be applauded, it will undoubtedly help raise awareness of the problems young people face that are so often difficult for them to address.”
In a strange twist Ms Lidbetter is also a former school friend of Rae Earl and is delighted her former classmate’s work has been adapted for television.
“It is always pleasing to see someone share their own experiences to help others in the way Rae has with her diaries and subsequent book.
“But it is especially pleasing to me as a friend of Rae’s to see that it has been commissioned for this series which I am sure will be a huge hit for E4 as well,” added Ms Lidbetter.
More information and advice about anxiety for young people can be found on Anxiety UK’s website here
More information about My Mad Fat Diary can be found here
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