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Roman Kemp: Are You Really OK?

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He shares his own journey with mental health very openly, and I definitely shed a tear or too along the way. He’s aware that he’s had a privileged life that not everyone has and I really like how he’s been honest about the positives and negatives of that fact, without sounding spoilt or patronising. In 2020, he teamed up with Topman to launch his own collection of bandanas in collaboration with mental health charity Mind. He wanted to investigate why so many men take their own lives across the UK – and why they don’t talk about what they’re going through. In the documentary Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency, Kemp revealed that he came close to attempting suicide after battling with depression for 13 years.

Get Me Out of Here in 2019, also recently issued a plea to the Government to improve mental health support for young people. It was nice to see a young male be completely open and honest about his experience of mental health and depression. Professor O’Connor agrees, and adds: “So if we’re trying to understand the fact that three-quarters of all suicides in the UK are by men, then we need to understand there are a whole range of factors – something’s impacting on your sense of masculinity or it could be social inequality.Since 2014, he has presented the national radio network Capital FM and their own breakfast show since 2017. Therefore, by sharing experiences and highlighting what support is available, we can help others feel less alone, challenge stigma and encourage honest and open conversations. Kemp was educated at Berkhamsted School [7] [8] until he was 15 [9] and was in the same year as KSI. The three non-sibling members would later sue Gary unsuccessfully for a share of the songwriting royalties. It’s this sense of self-renewal that has allowed him to look back at himself as “somebody else”, with unflinching honesty and – occasionally – guilt.

It's a brave and inspiring story, highlighting the great friendship he built with Joe but the tragedy of losing somebody so special to him. Even in the case of loss which Roman discusses in this section it does not have as great an impact on those in positions of wealth and power such as the royals for the simple reason of them having functionally unlimited funds with which to procure themselves the best psychological support there is. The Finish Line - Roman Kemp and Sarah Greene tease "nail-biting, hilarious and actually tear-jerking" quiz show".He genuinely comes across as a well-rounded, intelligent person who has had to deal with a horrendous shock in his life. Has he said any of this to Hadley, who has always refused to explain publicly why he left the band in 2017?

In 2019, he took part in I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here (2002-), where he made it to the final and finished in third place.

Possibly the best part of the book I read was that in which he shares his experiences of his friend and colleague dying by suicide. He famously convinced Ed Sheeran to tattoo Roman’s leg on air, drove around London playing cab-roulette with James Corden, got Craig David to freestyle rap and managed to rope Lewis Capaldi into a life-drawing class. That being so folk in Roman's position are very much better equipped to cope with loss since access to mental health support in the UK and much of the world depends, to a large extent, on how wealthy you are.

And men are less likely to seek help and that all comes together into this sense of entrapment [where] suicidal thoughts are more likely. But then, in the pandemic, my best mate Joe took his own life and it turned my whole world upside down. Not content with TV presenting, radio broadcasting, and event hosting, Roman has written two very successful books for children alongside his Capital co-host Vick Hope, Listen Up (2019) and Shout Out (2021). Maybe it was the fact they played twins; maybe it was the way Anna Scher, who had taught them drama as children, got them crawling around the floor in a refresher session, pretending to be preschoolers, but something about the experience “equalised” them.

He also teamed up with Edge Hill University, Lancashire, taking part in a panel discussion analysing mental health. s battled depression since the age of 15, once contemplated suicide, and has bravely fought to smash the stigma still surrounding medication and mental health. And I know of his parents and enjoyed their music but they were necessarily a family I followed (figuratively of course), but it was a real eye opener learning about them as people rather than just their names.

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