Hollyoaks' Joe Tracini opens up to Dawn French about his Borderline Personality Disorder in tongue-in-cheek skit from his new mental health documentary SuperNayr

Hollyoaks star Joe Tracini opens up to Dawn French about his Borderline Personality Disorder which left him suicidal in a new Channel 4 documentary – but manages to use his usual tongue-in-cheek humour even when discussing the dark topic.

The new show, ‘Joe Tracini: Me and the Voice in My Head’ follows actor Joe, 35, as he speaks about his experience of BPD.

In an exclusive look shared with MailOnline Joe – who played the role of Dennis Savage in the soap – is seen with actress and comedian Dawn where he shares about his plans for the doc as he employs his sharp humour for the skit.

Ten years ago, Joe – a former Hollyoaks actor, was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), a condition that around two per cent of the country will live with at some point. 

BPD severely effects how a person thinks and feels about themselves and other people, leading to intense, unstable emotions, chronic insecurity and intrusive thoughts.

Hollyoaks star Joe Tracini opens up to Dawn French about his Borderline Personality Disorder which left him suicidal in a new Channel 4 documentary

Hollyoaks star Joe Tracini opens up to Dawn French about his Borderline Personality Disorder which left him suicidal in a new Channel 4 documentary

The new show, 'Joe Tracini: Me and the Voice in My Head' follows actor Joe, 35, as he speaks about his experience of BPD

The new show, ‘Joe Tracini: Me and the Voice in My Head’ follows actor Joe, 35, as he speaks about his experience of BPD

In the documentary Joe introduces the viewer to Mick, the voice inside his head who wants to constantly hurt him. 

In the clip Joe is on a video call with Dawn as he says to her: ‘I have filmed a documentary for Channel 4. It’s about my personality disorder and the fact that I keep thinking about killing myself. But it’s funny!’

Dawn then looks dubious and asks ‘are you sure?’ as Joe continues: ‘I filmed it last year when I really did think that I was going to kill myself. 

‘And when I was feeling a bit better I went back to wherever I’d panicked and I filmed whatever the voice in my head was telling me at the time.’

Dawn then asks how she can help with the project as Joe asks: ‘I was wondering if you’d be in the scripted bits with me playing the director?’

Dawn then doesn’t appear to know what to say but quips: ‘Well thank you for thinking of me but I’ve actually got quite a lot on…’, as Joe presses her to say yes.

She then adds: ‘Well I’m sort of scared to say no…’, as Joe quips back: ‘What because I’m actively suicidal?’

Dawn then asks: ‘Look if I don’t do it are you going to kill yourself?’, before Joe adds: ‘Absolutely not’, while the clip ends.

In an exclusive look shared with MailOnline Joe - who played the role of Dennis Savage in the soap - is seen with actress and comedian Dawn where he shares about his plans for the doc as he employs his sharp humour for the skit

In an exclusive look shared with MailOnline Joe – who played the role of Dennis Savage in the soap – is seen with actress and comedian Dawn where he shares about his plans for the doc as he employs his sharp humour for the skit

In the clip Joe is on a video call with Dawn as he says to her: 'I have filmed a documentary for Channel 4. It's about my personality disorder and the fact that I keep thinking about killing myself. But it's funny!'

In the clip Joe is on a video call with Dawn as he says to her: ‘I have filmed a documentary for Channel 4. It’s about my personality disorder and the fact that I keep thinking about killing myself. But it’s funny!’

Dawn then looks dubious and asks 'are you sure?' as Joe continues: 'I filmed it last year when I really did think that I was going to kill myself'

Dawn then looks dubious and asks ‘are you sure?’ as Joe continues: ‘I filmed it last year when I really did think that I was going to kill myself’

Over the past decade, Joe has battled drug and alcohol addiction, tried to kill himself six times and experienced 12 panic attacks on stage, which have seen his comedy career grind to a halt

Over the past decade, Joe has battled drug and alcohol addiction, tried to kill himself six times and experienced 12 panic attacks on stage, which have seen his comedy career grind to a halt

A message then reads: ‘Me And The Voice In My Head coming soon on Channel 4, Dawn French isn’t in it’.  

Over the past decade, Joe has battled drug and alcohol addiction, tried to kill himself six times and experienced 12 panic attacks on stage, which have seen his comedy career grind to a halt.

Joe hopes that by exploring his childhood, he can finally get a handle on his ‘BPD’ and get through his stand-up comedy show that he hopes will reignite his career.

Joe has become known for his very honest sketches about the subject on social media.

In other parts of the documentary, Joe speaks to his family, loved ones and experts in BPD, in order to gain more understanding into his condition, and try to make his life more liveable – though Mick is never far away. 

Tim Hancock, Commissioning Editor at Channel 4 said: ‘I am hugely grateful to Joe for allowing us into his life and mind for this powerful, sensitive and at times very funny programme. 

‘It’s a unique mix of comedy and brutal authenticity, which all comes together to create a clear portrait of what it is to live with this tough condition.’

Joe himself added: ‘Most films about mental illness are, ironically, depressing. I’m a lot of things, but serious is rarely one of them. 

‘I think we can all agree that it’s not the easiest time to be alive, and with things getting worse faster than I can lower my standards, I’m very grateful to Channel 4 & Hungry Bear Media for letting me tell my story my way.’

Executive Producer Dan Baldwin said: ‘Making this documentary with the phenomenally talented Joe Tracini was a huge highlight for us all. It is a tough, heart-wrenching, enlightening, terrifying and brilliantly funny film. 

‘In my opinion, it deserves to win everything – hearts, minds and awards.’

Joe Tracini: Me and the Voice in My Head coming soon on Channel 4. 

Joe hopes that by exploring his childhood, he can finally get a handle on his 'BPD' and get through his stand-up comedy show that he hopes will reignite his career

Joe hopes that by exploring his childhood, he can finally get a handle on his ‘BPD’ and get through his stand-up comedy show that he hopes will reignite his career

Joe has become known for his very honest sketches about the subject on social media (seen in Hollyoaks)

Joe has become known for his very honest sketches about the subject on social media (seen in Hollyoaks)

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