Love Island Dr Alex wants ‘action’ from MPs on mental health education

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Love Island star Dr Alex George has called on government to take ‘action’ on mental health education in schools.

Dr Alex tragically lost his brother Llŷr to mental health in July and now wants to see the issue taught in schools.

He told Lorraine on Tuesday: ‘There’s some fantastic work being done… people who are really passionate about this and there are incredible resources out there with Time to Change, Heads Together, but we need to integrate that in all schools around the country, so you haven’t just got pockets of good mental health teaching and support, it should be in every school.

‘In my opinion, every child has a right to good mental health education and good mental health support, which means counsellors in every school.’

He went on: ‘Talking is really important, but we need to have funding for schools around mental health specifically and to make it a priority.

Dr Alex’s younger brother Llŷr died in July (Picture: Instagram)
Dr Alex George wants the government to do more about mental health education in schools (Picture: REX)

‘Around the next year, there is relationship and sex education teaching happening in school, but my issue is… not to criticise it at all because it’s great to be doing that… but mental health is a part of that. For me, it should sit alongside Maths, English, other subjects because unless you’re happy and healthy, how can you learn and how can you be productive?’

Dr Alex added: ‘We need to speak to MPs, we need action’.

The TV star previously said he is ‘trying to move on with purpose’ after his brother’s death.

Dr Alex told Sky News: ‘Losing him has been awful, he was supposed to be going to medical school and he had his place, so it’s been the most terrible loss.

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‘I’m trying to move forward with some element of purpose.’

He also explained the important of school cirriculums offering more support and open discussion about mental health.

‘What I want to do is change curriculums at schools to have more support around mental health, to make sure children are taught about mental health from a young age and they leave school with a mental health toolkit to be able to look after themselves,’ Dr Alex said.

‘We’re losing far too many people to suicide each year. It’s far too common.’

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