Nadiya Hussain to lead new BBC series on mental health by exploring her own anxieties
By Barfi Culture Team
1st February 2019

Great British Bake-Off winner Nadiya Hussain is among leading celebrities that will take part in a new BBC series on mental health.

In the show Nadiya will open up about living with anxiety and the debilitating panic attacks she has suffered since childhood.

The popular chef will star in a one-hour special, the BBC said today, in which will also undergo therapy for the first time in hopes of discovering unearthed memories and triggers.

She will also speak to others who also live with anxiety, as well as experts in the field to determine how widespread anxiety is impacting the UK today.

"Nadiya speaks bravely and honestly about what it’s like to live with anxiety and panic attacks," a BBC spokesperson said.

"These sessions are raw and honest, but Nadiya hopes her openness will inspire others to seek help rather than suffer in silence."

The series will be broadcast in May and no exact date has yet been set.

Nadiya has, on occasion, spoken out about her mental health problems on social media.

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I’ve had a bad couple of days. I want so badly to explain being in that black hole. But I can’t. I get out of bed because I have to because they need me. The saddest thing is, the people that give me light in my life, even their smiles can’t fix what is so badly broken. So I push and tug at myself to see the love that they have to give and I push and tug and remind myself that I have the same love to share. I don’t always see it, I can’t always find it. But when all three of them attached themselves to me like little love leeches this morning took this snap to remind me. They are the light in the dark place. I may not always find it, but they will guide me till I do. Even if it’s just a glimmer, I will keep going till I feel the sun on my face #panicdisorder #anxiety #mentalhealth #feelthesun #itwillbeokay #three #life #happlyplace #light

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An estimated 8 million people in the UK suffer from anxiety. Young women are thought to be particularly vulnerable.

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