Sudden death of Love Island star raises mental health support questions

The sudden death of Love Island star Mike Thalassitis raises questions about mental health support offered to reality stars following the show.


The 26-year-old reality tv star best known for his appearance in Love Island in 2017 was found dead in a north London park on Saturday. Police confirmed that his death is not being treated as suspicious.

Thalassitis's death came after his grandmother, who he had been taking care of, died just two days earlier. Many Love Island contestants opened up to Twitter about the lack of attention being paid to the mental health of the contestants despite a psychological evaluation being carried out before and after the contestants go on the show.

Reality shows such as Love Island have come under harsh criticism on twitter with one user tweeting “Mike Thalassitis killing himself, the second love island suicide. These incidents make you start to consider if throwing ‘ordinary’ people into sudden ‘fame’ and spotlight is healthy?"

Do these people understand the implications when signing up to these shows?

UK Government Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was "very worried" about the mental health support provided to reality TV show stars. In a statement, ITV said the show's medical support will "independently review our medical processes on Love Island."

They continued their statement by stating "This review has led us to extend our support processes to offer therapy to all Islanders and not only those that reach out to us. And we will be delivering bespoke training to all future Islanders to include social media and financial management."

[Words by Sintija Gerucka]


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