LOVE Island's Dr Alex George has been left "shocked and sickened" after vile trolls told Chloe Burrows to "kill herself".
The 30-year-old star is youth mental health ambassador, and knows the impact of suicide all to well after his younger brother took his own life last year.
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Alex took to his Instagram page earlier today to issue a passionate statement that urged Love Island fans to "think before they type".
He wrote: "I am shocked and appalled at what we have witnessed online over the last few days.
"I am saddened to see how much negativity and hate there has been online during this series of Love Island.
"Hard to comprehend that people are sending death threats and encouraging contestants to 'kill themselves' just because they don't like what they are seeing on screen."
Alex went on: "As someone who has lost a brother to suicide, I find this truly sickening. Have we learnt nothing since the passing of our beloved Caroline Flack?
"There is no justification for online bullying and abuse. Before you send hateful vitriol, have a little think, what if that was your brother or sister receiving that?
"What if that was your child on the end of that hate? THINK before you type. Be kind. Always."
The medical professional added in the post's caption: "The online events of the last few days has been nothing short of shocking.
"As youth mental health ambassador I am currently working on an anti-bullying campaign, fair to say recent events have justified it’s need more than ever Please think before you type. Be kind 💙"
Yesterday, Chloe's family took to her social media page to beg trolls to stop sending them abuse after she made her Love Island debut earlier this week.
They revealed that she'd received 100s of death threats in a matter of days, with show bosses also stepping in to encourage viewers to "be kind".
The programme's official Instagram page posted a powerful statement that warned fans against sending contestants online abuse.
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You’re Not Alone
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
- CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
- Movember, www.uk.movember.com
- Anxiety UK www.anxietyuk.org.uk, 03444 775 774 Monday-Friday 9.30am-10pm, Saturday/Sunday 10am-8pm
The show has been struck by a series of tragic suicides over the years, including presenter Caroline, and former contestants Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis.
Meanwhile Alex, who shot to fame in the 2018 series of the show, was left devastated last year when his brother Llyr took his own life.
He was just 19 years old when he passed away, and had no prior history of a diagnosed mental health condition.
Alex has spoken openly about his grief since, and hopes to help others who are struggling with their mental health get support.
Contact the Samaritans
If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article contact The Samaritans on 116 123. They are available for free at anytime.
Or email https://www.samaritans.org/
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