Love Island's Dr Alex George remembers late brother in poignant Christmas messag
Love Island star Dr Alex George has issued an appeal for people not to feel alone in a poignant Christmas message.
Dr Alex, 30, shared a message of hope and heartbreak on Instagram on Christmas Day, which spoke about the pain of losing loved ones.
The reality star and A&E doctor lost his younger brother, Llŷr, to suicide in 2020.
Remembering his sibling, Dr Alex shared the sweet post which reads: ‘Christmas is a time of joy and celebration.
‘It’s also a time that we are reminded of the empty seats around the table.
‘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 x.’
Captioning the bittersweet post, Dr Alex wrote: ‘To all of you who have lost a loved one.
‘Please do not feel alone. We get through today together.’
The reality star, who is also an Ambassador for Mental Health, was inundated with messages of love and condolences after sharing the post, both from fans and people who had suffered similar losses.
‘Sending you and you family love. Focus on the happy memories today,’ one person wrote.
‘Merry Christmas and have an amazing one.. This post is so so true.. Hope everyone is ok today,’ another added.
One commentator acnowledged that losing a loved one to suicide ‘is a deep level of painful grief’.
‘Sending you and your family and anyone going through any type of loss huge hugs n love over this Christmas time,’ they wrote.
Llŷr, who Dr Alex described as ‘the kindest and most caring soul’, was just weeks away from starting medical school when he died by suicide in July 2020.
In September this year, Dr Alex shared a moving message for World Suicide Prevention Day, urging people to reach out for help if they were struggling.
He wrote: ‘Today is really triggering for me, what gets me through is the hope that it’s a chance to reach those who are silently suffering.’
Since his brother’s death, the former Love Island contestant has involved himself with mental health campaigns, including one for better mental health education in schools.
In February, he was appointed the Youth Mental Health Ambassador by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
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