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Love Island's Dr Alex George quits 'negative' Twitter to look after his mental health

DR Alex George has quit Twitter in a bid to look after his mental health.

The ex Love island star, 30, says he wants to "cancel negativity" and that the platform itself is "negative and demotivating".


Alex – who is a mental health activist – insisted the decision wasn't because he was trolled on the platform.

Sharing a screenshot of his deactivation notification, the doctor said: "I have decided to delete my @twitter account.

"I believe we should all take the necessary steps to protect our mental well-being and be brave in creating boundaries where this could be affected.

"I have not made this decision because I have been trolled. Most of what I see on that platform is negative and demotivating.

"Life is far too short. Do not be afraid to take action to protect your mental health. You have that right.

"Social media has incredible power for good if used correctly and I am so proud of the community we have here 💙 #CancelNegativity"

Fellow Love Island star Amber Gill agreed, saying: "Twitter is such a toxic place"

One fan added: "Very wise. I did the same on Twitter few years ago. You did the right thing! Enjoy life without the Twitter! 😊 ❤️ 💙"

A second said: "Deleted Twitter a few months back. Never looked back 👏 Instagram 🙌"

The junior doctor is a Youth Mental Health Ambassador and also acts on ITV's mental health advisory board.

PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES

Alex opened up last month after the year anniversary of his younger brother Llyr's death by suicide.

The 30-year-old Love Island star said the "hardest part" of Llyr's passing is the fact he and his family were never given the chance to help him with his mental health struggle.

Speaking on Lorraine today, Alex shared: "I think the hardest part is you will never have an absolute understanding of why, and every day I think of my brother, as does my family, and of course we think a lot about: 'What if'… I wish we could speak to him and have that conversation'.

"The hardest thing about losing Llyr was the fact we didn't feel like we had the chance to help him, and I think it's very important to look out for changing behaviour in family members and friends, but we also need people to feel that when they're struggling they can talk about it.

YOU’RE NOT ALONE

EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.

It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.

It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.

Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.

That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.

The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.

Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.

If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:

  • CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
  • Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
  • Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
  • Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
  • Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123

"What I find very hard is that I don't think Llyr felt that he could say it, it was there… And I worry that shame was a big part of that, he felt that there was some sort of shame."

Alex bravely went on: "It's the shame side of things that I think is so important we work on.

"We have to realise there's a lot more do, particularly around young men, of changing this feeling of: 'I shouldn't be struggling, I shouldn't ask for help' – there's no shame in that."

In February, Prime Minister Boris Johnson appointed Alex Youth Mental Health Ambassador, and he regularly speaks out on the importance of asking for help if you are suffering.

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