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Love Island reviews aftercare policy following second suicide

The death of Mike Thalassitis, aka 'Muggy Mike', marks the second suicide of contestants from ITV2's popular reality show Love Island.

Love Island released a statement promising improvements to monitoring welfare of contestants following heavy criticism after another contestant was found dead.

Mike Thalassitis, 26, was found dead in a North London park where he committed suicide on Friday 15 March 2019. His death follows just days after the passing of his grandmother, who he lived with and cared for in the months leading up to her death. Thalassitis also lost a friend at Christmas and was allegedly struggling with depression.

Fellow contestants and celebrity friends took to social media to share their condolences after hearing the news, encouraging people to speak out if they are struggling with mental health.

Sophie Gradon, 32, was a contestant on the second series of Love Island and died in June 2018 (although her parents are leading an inquiry into her death as they dispute suicide allegations). Her death led her boyfriend, overcome with grief, to take his own life in the weeks after she passed.

The changes to the Love Island aftercare regime include therapy offered 'to all contestants and not only those who reach out', training Islanders around 'social media and financial management', and 'proactively' checking in with contestants on a regular basis.

Fame has a different impact on different people, and it is not surprising that the intense conditions of the reality show can cause psychological distress. But it is not just the rich and famous who suffer—mental health illnesses do not discriminate.

If you are struggling with mental health, reach out to your friends, family or local GP, or call the Samaritans UK on 116 123 (lines open 24/7). 
Featured image: Lenscap Photography / Shutterstock.com

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