Kim Kardashian exec producing mental health doc

Produced by GRB Entertainment and exec produced by the reality star (pictured), #RedFlag will focus on young adults with mental illnesses who use social media to call for help using hashtags.
April 23, 2015

Kim Kardashian (pictured) is executive producing a documentary about mental health for cable news network HLN.

#Redflag, which will air on May 5 at 9 p.m. EST, will focus on young adults with mental illnesses who turn to social media to cry for help using hashtags such as #Cutting and #MakeItGoAway. Social media posts, photos and videos will form the backbone of the subjects profiled in the film.

In a statement, the reality TV star said she came up with the idea for the doc to draw attention to mental illness among millennials.

“I am blessed to be surrounded by family and friends that are loving and nurturing, but not everyone has that kind of support,” she said. “Twenty-five percent of adults in America will suffer from a mental illness in their lifetime, and many of them turn to social media to vent their depression, loneliness, and isolation.”

The doc was produced by GRB Entertainment with Kardashian, Gary R. Benz, Michael Branton and Jean Shi exec producing.

Following the broadcast, HLN’s Dr. Drew will host an interactive post-show special at 10 p.m. ET with a live studio audience. The network is also planning other mental health-themed programs for May, which is Mental Health Awareness Month.

Last year, HLN rebranded and reformatted to focus on reaching a millennial audience with social media personalities, coverage of trending topics and viral videos.

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