Dr Alex George bravely opens up about late brother’s death as he admits ‘you never get over grief’

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Dr Alex George has opened up about how he’s coped following the sad passing of his younger brother, Llŷr, last July.

The former Love Island star appeared on ITV’s Lorraine to help launch the show’s new ‘HEADucation’ initiative, set up to help tackle the rising issue of children’s mental health.

And speaking about how his own mental health has been impacted in the last twelve months as he dealt with grief on top of the pressures of lockdown, Alex, 30, said: “It’s been hard, hasn’t it? It was so left field. I dealt with the break up of my relationship, being on my own for most of the year and the challenges that’s brought.”

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He continued: “Then all the work stuff and all the challenges that brought too and this [his death] was so left-field and so unexpected.”

Alex went on to say: “It just swipes you from your knees really. It was very, very hard.”

And the star, who was recently appointed Youth Mental Health Ambassador by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, also revealed that Lorraine Kelly and the show’s Dr Hilary had offered him their support which had not gone unnoticed at such a difficult time.

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He explained: “I’ve always been a fan of Dr Hilary. He has been a champion of the NHS for many years. We got on really well and he's just been very kind to me.”

He continued: “With Lorraine, there is a lot of warmth and kindness. She’s been amazing and very kind to me personally with everything that’s happened with my brother. So I’m very grateful for both of them.

“I’ve dealt with a lot more than I ever possibly thought I could deal with. But grief is on-going. You never get over losing a little brother. What I’m doing is trying to do something positive.”

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And the NHS doctor is certainly doing that thanks to Lorraine’s new campaign.

Explaining what they are hoping to achieve with ‘HEADucation’, Alex said: “The pandemic has undoubtedly had an affect on our young people, with so many of us worried about the effects on their mental health and future wellbeing.

“I've heard a lot from parents, teachers and students worried about how the pandemic had such an impact on the mental health of young people.”

He continued: “These are real worries, and highlight why our mission with HEADucation is so important. With schools reopening, support for the transition back into the classroom is vital. Never has mental health been as important as it is now.”

Further opening up about his collaboration with Lorraine, as well as his pivotal new role as Youth Mental Health Ambassador, Alex said he felt “honoured” to be able to make a real difference to others.

He concluded: “I wake up every morning and think of Llŷr, I really do. I feel like I wake up now that I have something I can really do and I might be able to help people. I’m going to do my very best to bring change.”

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