Love Islanders will get counselling and support for 14 months after show as ITV reveals full mental health care
LOVE Islanders will get counselling and support from ITV for 14 months in new plans to protect their mental health.
The dating show has updated its "duty of care" to "support participants before, during and after filming" following the deaths of Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis.
Contestants on the seventh series will be given training on social media and how to handle trolls.
They will also be taught how to manage their finances and given advice on taking on management after the show.
Everyone cast on the show will go through strict psychological and medical assessments to make sure they can handle it.
They will also be talked through the impact taking part in the show will have on their lives – both the good and the bad.
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After the show Islanders will have to take part in at least eight therapy sessions to help them adjust to life back home.
The production team will also stay in touch with them for 14 months to offer any "additional help" needed.
Ex-Islanders will also be encouraged to get a manager to help them if they want to take part in other TV shows, adverts or public appearances.
Their actions come after series two star Sophie was found dead aged 32 in June 2018.
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.
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
While Mike who appeared on Love Island in 2017, took his own life in March 2019 aged 26.
The show’s host Caroline Flack also took her life aged 40 in February 2020.
Love Island was rested that year as bosses went on to reveal it had become impossible to make it work due to the pandemic.
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