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For some who suffer from mental illnesses, social media can be a way of coping with the depression and anxiety by using it to find others who can offer support. In a new documentary produced by Kim Kardashian, two people who do so are followed by film screws who document their struggles.
The film was also produced by A&E Entertainment and premiered on the Home Life Network earlier this month. Kardashian says she came up with the idea after seeing some friends on social media using it to lash out while struggling with mental illness. The film, titled #RedFlag, has a similar premise to another A&E show, Intervention.
The documentary was timed for release to coincide with Mental Awareness Month. One of the people it follows is Kelley, a 31-year-old mother who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The other is Andrew, a teenager who suffers from depression after his brother committed suicide.
The documentary, though focusing on social media, is not a part of Kardashian's other latest venture, a book of selfies recently published and now being promoted by the reality star. "You can feel people’s pain through social media when they’re really open and honest, and it can be scary sometimes, and you don’t want people to take it to a whole 'nother level and hurt themselves," said Kardashian in a press interview on HLN.
The documentary film and release of Kardashian's book are likely coincidences given the reality star's heavy presence on social media platforms. Reading her tweets and other social posts about the film, Kardashian seems genuinely concerned about mental illnesses and their affects.
Source: HLN TV
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