Gemma Collins: 'Self Harm And Me' (Image: Channel 4)

Gemma Collins, the former Only Way Is Essex star, has visited a Nottingham mental health service as part of her new documentary.

In Channel 4’s Self Harm And Me, Gemma speaks about her two-decade struggle with self-harm as the viewers watch the 41-year-old confront her painful past.

This included a trip to the Harmless Centre in New Basford, a mental health service in the city that helps people overcome their issues related to self-harm and suicide.

After Gemma visited the Harmless Centre she praised what the service offers because she felt like no one was getting judged and emphasised how important it was to ask for help.

After watching the documentary Sally B, a mental health and wellness writer talks about how important it is be open about our mental health problems.

Video: Sally B discussing what can encourage others to speak up 

Throughout the documentary the audience see the positive impact speaking up, about her own experience, has helped Gemma come to terms with what she has been going through during her life.

Many charities are there to offer information and advice to people that deal with these health problems, some include Mind, Samaritans, Nightline Association and Shout.

These organisations are there to help ease the burden that public services cannot always meet, giving valuable help and support to a variety of mental health issues.

Maria Ferrari, a NHS mental health nurse suggests a GP is the first port of call.

Audio: Maria Ferrari suggesting the best place to go to for support with your mental health

The NHS Website helps find a local urgent mental health helpline in England for people of all ages. It gives 24-hour support and allows you to speak to a mental health professional.

It also gives an assessment to help decide on the best course of care for you specifically.

The Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust number is 0808 196 3779.

Signs of mental illness:

  • Extremely high or low moods
  • Long-lasting sadness or irritability
  • Social withdrawal
  • Excessive fear, worry, or anxiety
  • Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits

If you need someone to talk to, contact the Samaritans on 116 123 or email

The Samaritans are there for you 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Everyday they respond to around 10,000 calls for help and there is no judgement or pressure.