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Roman Kemp to front BBC mental health documentary following death of close friend

Roman Kemp is set to front a new BBC documentary tackling men’s mental health following the death of one of his best friends.

The programme titled, Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency, which will air on BBC Three will see the Capital Breakfast DJ exploring what can be done to encourage people to seek help.

In August last year, Roman unexpectedly lost one of his closest friends and work colleagues, Joe Lyons.

The pair had worked together at Capital FM, with Roman crediting Joe for ‘teaching him everything’ when it came to radio and telling fans he was left ‘devastated’ over the news.

This timely documentary will see the 28-year-old taking a closer look at the urgent issue of young men’s mental health, exploring why increasing numbers are taking their own lives and the reasons why so many of them never ask for help.

Wanting to find some answers in a difficult time, Roman will look at what preventative action we need to be taking, and the lasting impact that mental health and suicide can have on friends and families.

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Roman was heartbroken after Joe’s death (Picture: Instagram)

‘There is a growing mental health crisis going on right now, and without the right support, the results can be tragic,’ Roman began.

‘I hope that by making this documentary for BBC Three we can bring attention to a subject that is affecting thousands of young men across the country, and show that there are ways to reach those who are suffering and need our help.’

Fiona Campbell, Controller for BBC Three went on to explain why mental health is ‘such an important issue’ for their audience.

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Roman will explore why so many young men are taking their own lives (Picture: BBC)

‘We feel it is our duty at BBC Three to continue making films on the subject in the hope that we can offer solutions and provide some help for people who are struggling,’ she continued.

‘This will be a really difficult film for Roman to make and we owe him and everyone else involved a huge thank you for putting trust in us to tell their stories.’

At the time of Joe’s death, Roman broke down in tears live on air as he paid a tribute to his pal.

He told listeners: ‘We wanted to share some really sad news. I never thought I’d have to do this ever. Last Tuesday, very suddenly, we lost one of our best friends. Our producer Joe, he was a member of the Capital Breakfast family.

‘We are trying to process this all together. We wanted to share this news with you. Joe had worked for Global, the parent company, for nine years. He was the very first person I met when I walked through the door. I remember thinking he was a bit of a Del Boy.

‘He was with me right from my very first show. He taught me everything. I don’t know sitting in a radio studio without him. He’s the person I’d sit here and rinse constantly.’

Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency will be airing on BBC Three later this year.

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