Love Island's Dr Alex George given huge honour by PM Boris Johnson after his brother's suicide

Love Island Dr Alex George
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Love Island star Dr Alex George has been given a huge honour by Prime Minister Boris Johnson following his brother's suicide.

Love Island's Alex George has been appointed as Ambassador for Mental Health by the Government following the suicide of his brother Llŷr.

The doctor-turned-reality star went back to his medical roots following his 2018 appearance on ITV's Love Island and is now championing the fight to raise awareness of mental health to help future generations.

He called upon his army of  1.5m social media followers to help him share his call for action which urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to give more value to 'support for emotional and mental wellbeing' in schools.

Back in January, he shared a snap of himself holding a handwritten banner reading 'Boris let's talk #mentalhealthmatters' alongside his lengthy caption. And tagged Boris Johnson and Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, who he also requested to meet with.

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And now the campaign has paid off as he's been appointed this vital new role.

Dr. Alex has been tirelessly working on the frontline throughout the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and is "humbled" to work on the project over the coming months.

He shared a snap taken from his meeting with Boris and captioned it, 'WE DID IT!! You called and the PM answered!! I have been appointed as the Ambassador for Mental Health. It hasn’t sunk in yet and I’m not sure it ever will. I am truly humbled. In my role, I will be working closely with the Government to make mental health an absolute priority.'

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He went on to explain the importance of mental health education and added, 'From schools to universities, the NHS and the wider public, MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS. For the current as well as future generations, we must do everything in our power to bring meaningful change.'

Dr. Alex's brother tragically took his own life in July last year aged 19. And Dr Alex is determined to make his brother proud.

He added, 'Nothing will bring my brother back but if I can make a positive impact that saves even one life, it will be worth moving mountains for. There is much work to be done. Particularly in the coming weeks and months. Thanks to each and every one of you for your incredible support. Thank you also to the Prime Minister and Government for recognising our campaign and showing a desire to make a real change moving forward. I hope I can make you all proud. Most of all I hope I can make my brother proud, we will do it together my boy. LET’S DO THIS.'

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)