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  • Growing Up Gay

Growing Up Gay


Recent figures show that more than 40% of LGBT+ people will experience a significant mental health problem, compared to around 25% of the wider population, and are more than twice as likely to have attempted suicide. In this eye-opening and timely film, young pop culture icon Olly Alexander (lead singer of Years & Years) explores why the gay community is more vulnerable to mental health issues, as he opens up about his own long-term battles with depression.

In the film, Olly joins young people on their journeys, battling issues that parallel his own, from homophobic bullying to eating and anxiety disorders. Each encounter illustrates the positive actions being taken to address these problems, and how this enables people to take strength from each other. 

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Antidote Productions for BBC3