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Love Island star and newly appointed Youth Mental Health Ambassador Dr Alex George has opened up about his ongoing battle with grief.
The former reality star was floored last July after his brother Llyr took his own life. The 19-year-old was an aspiring doctor and his tragic death left Alex “in despair.”
In an exclusive interview with The Sun, Alex spoke about how opening up to his consultant inspired him and helped him work out a way to cope with his “ongoing” grief.
"It is tough,” he admitted. “Grieving is an ongoing process. I don't think you ever get over something like this.”
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Alex went on to try to explain his emotions: “I describe it as a little black box in my mind, like a black box in your home it’s always on that shelf, sometimes you open the box and it’s very tough and it just sits there, you’re always aware that it’s there, it’s never hidden, it’s in plain sight but you can control it in time. I think I’m at the point where I have that element."
Prior to this, Alex admitted he “didn’t know what was happening in the world” or how he “was going to get through it at the time.”
When talking of his consultant, he said: "I've known him for many years. He's a very very wise person, a very clever guy. He was one of the first people I spoke to after my brother passed.”
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The 30-year-old NHS hero continued: "He sent me that message because he knew I was in despair, I guess. I didn't know what was happening in the world and didn't know how I was going to get through that time.”
Here, Alex is referring to a message his consultant sent him which read: “With family and friends we overcome the most seemingly insurmountable challenges."
"It's such a simple and incredibly powerful statement. We all end up in difficult situations at times and the way we get through it is together,” Alex explained. “I needed that message at the time.”
He continued: “The second part is 'there's always hope of a better day', and I think that's true and in these times. We've got to look to the future with optimism. I hope people take something from that and it might help others."
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Alex admitted that this time is “particularly hard” for him. "My brother’s birthday is coming up; it’s the 19th. He would have been 20,” he said.
Alex has recently been appointed Youth Mental Health Ambassador by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. It’s a non-paid role that Alex has been working on for the last three years.
“I am honoured to be appointed for this role where I’ll be working closely with government to make mental health an absolute priority and hope to have a positive impact on the lives of young people and their education for good,” Alex said.
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