Dr Alex George shares touching Christmas Day message following brother’s death
Dr Alex George has shared a moving Christmas Day message, sharing his support for “anyone who has lost a loved one” after the death of his brother Llŷr last year.
Llŷr was just 19 years old when he took his own life in July 2020 and in his post, Dr Alex noted that while Christmas is a joyous time, it can be difficult for people who are grieving.
The post, shared as a picture on Instagram, read: “Christmas is a time of joy and celebration. It’s also a time that we are reminded of the empty seats around the table.
Dr Alex, 30, continued: “The pain never goes away. Thankfully neither does the memories, moments or love we have for them.
“To anyone who has lost a loved one, let’s get through today together.”
Fans soon shared their support for the former Love Island star, with many posting their own stories in the comments.
“I know how hard it is to lose someone because I’ve been there and it hurt,” wrote one Instagram user.
Another added: “1st year without my dad, he passed away after a brave fight against cancer, sadly we lost him on the 17th November, painful times xx.”
Dr Alex, who found fame in the 2018 series of Love Island, has used his platform to raise awareness of mental health issues since his brother’s tragic death.
He has also been appointed as a Youth Mental Health Ambassador, advising the government on how to help young people who are struggling.
Earlier this month, he launched the #PostYourPill campaign, encouraging social media users to speak about medication they take for mental health issues.
Dr Alex kicked things off by posting a picture of a tablet he takes daily for anxiety, writing: “ I have been thinking quite hard about whether to post this, but I feel it’s the right thing to do.
“So many people live with medication stigma everyday, a fear that they will be judged as being weak or discriminated against, simply for taking a pill to help with their mental health.
“I take medication, alongside therapy and self care, to help with my anxiety. I really needed this treatment but for years I didn’t access it, on reflection I was worried about what people would think."
Thousands of people – including two Great British Bake Off stars – then got involved and shared images of their own medication.
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