The well being secretary has warned actuality TV reveals they’ve an obligation of take care of contestants following the demise of Love Island star Mike Thalassitis.
The 26-year-old, who shot to fame on the ITV courting present in 2017, was discovered useless in a north London park on Saturday.
Police usually are not treating his demise as suspicious.
Well being Secretary Matt Hancock mentioned he was “moved” by information of Thalassitis’ demise and he was “very frightened” concerning the psychological well being assist supplied to actuality TV present stars.
Talking on the Spectator well being summit in London, he mentioned: “The sudden publicity to large fame… can have vital impacts on individuals.
“I feel that it’s a responsibility on any organisation that’s placing individuals within the place of constructing them well-known in a single day, that they need to additionally take care of them afterwards.
“I feel that individuals must take duty for his or her duties to individuals’s well-being very severely.”
Thalassitis’s demise got here after his grandmother – whom he lived with with a purpose to take care of her – died simply two days earlier, whereas his finest pal Danny Cutts handed away on Christmas Eve.
A bunch of Love Island stars have since criticised the TV show over claims it does not provide enough support to contestants after the programme ends.
Sophie Gradon, who appeared on Love Island in 2016, was also found dead in June last year.
An inquest into the demise of the 32-year-old, which was to be held on Thursday, has been postponed to permit her household to contemplate new data.
Responding to the criticism, the makers of Love Island mentioned the care of contestants was taken “very severely and is a steady course of for all these participating within the present”.
“We make sure that all of our contributors are in a position to entry psychological assist earlier than, throughout and after showing on the present,” an announcement added.
“The programme will at all times present ongoing assist when wanted and the place applicable.
“We additionally focus on at size with all of our islanders earlier than and after the present how their lives would possibly change, and so they have entry to assist and recommendation to assist with this.”
Thalassitis – who was nicknamed “Muggy Mike” on Love Island – additionally starred on actuality TV present Celebs Go Courting which devoted its newest episode to him following his demise.
The E4 collection ended Sunday’s episode with a picture of Thalassitis and the phrases “In reminiscence of Mike Thalassitis 1993 – 2019”.
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