Gemma Collins says she is "blown away" after her much-praised documentary about self-harm has been nominated for a National Television Award.

The long list for the 2022 National Television Awards was announced on Tuesday and will be voted by the public before the short list is revealed in August.

The former The Only Way Is Essex star, 41, is nominated for her Channel 4 documentary, Gemma Collins: Self-Harm and Me, which explores her struggle with depression.

Speaking exclusively to OK!, Gemma said: “I’m totally blown away by it. It was the scariest thing to be so honest with myself, however the response I got from the show was totally overwhelming.

“I know it not only helped me but a lot of others to speak about self-harm. Lots of parents reached out to me and I will be forever grateful,” she continued.

The nomination comes as no surprise, as the documentary was immediately met with praise when it was released in February.

Presenter Anna Richardson wrote on Twitter: "Well done @missgemcollins for being so honest, so raw, and so strong.”

Fans also loved Gemma Collins: Self-Harm and Me, as many rushed to Twitter to share their support.

“How brave and upfront she was about her issues she’d been through”, one fan said.

“Honest, emotional and real from start to finish. Thank you so so much for speaking out”, another wrote.

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The documentary sees Gemma meet others who have struggled with self-harm, as well as exploring the impact of bullying, self-esteem issues and social media.

Lee McMurray, who commissioned the programme, said it aims to “spark vitally important conversations” around young people and mental health.

Gemma will have to battle it out against 21 other programmes for the Authored Documentary award, including the late Tom Parker's Inside My Head, Tan France: Beauty and the Bleach and Zara McDermott: Uncovering Rape Culture.

The National Television Awards cover 16 categories, from Talent Show to Drama Performance.

This year Ant and Dec have again been nominated for the Best TV Presenter award, having won for the last 20 years.

Voting on the National Television Awards long list closes at 11pm on Monday 6 June. The official nomination list will be announced in August, before the ceremony takes place on September 15 at London’s OVO Arena in Wembley.

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