Little Mix: The Search will see the four-piece girl group attempt to create a new band from talented newcomers.
Talking about the importance of psychological support in the aftermath of reality TV fame, Leigh-Anne Pinnock told Radio Times: “We didn't have that, really, on the show that we came from,” referring to the hit ITV reality contest The X Factor.
Jade Thirdwell said: “We want to make sure that [the contestants are] looked after properly and support them.”
The band’s members have been open about the toll that fame has taken on their mental health in the past.
Jesy Nelson fronted a documentary last year, in which she revealed that cyber-bullying had damaged her self confidence, leading eventually to a suicide attempt.
Pinnock recently spoke out about the racism she had faced, and Perrie Edwards has said that she suffered anxiety and panic attacks.
Pinnock said in the interview: “When we won, we weren't even allowed to spend time with our families to celebrate.”
“There's a lot more awareness now about mental health, but people still just see the pop, the smiles and the stage, and they don't really understand what goes on. I kind of wish there was a lot more help along the way.”
Thirlwall said: “We can really be honest with [the contestants] about the things they might go through along the way.”
“[We] have been there and done it and can talk them through it and be a shoulder to cry on - which is so essential. Also in terms of social media, we can talk them through what it takes to grow a thick skin - because as soon as you step into the limelight, you're going to be judged.”
Little Mix: The Search debuts on BBC One tomorrow night (26 September) at 7pm.