Former Love Island star Dr Alex George opened up in heartfelt post to his late brother Llyr, one year on, and how he is helping others in his Mental Health ambassador role
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Former Love Island star Alex George has paid an emotional tribute to his late brother one year since his tragic death.
The A&E doctor, who appeared in the 2018 series of the show, penned a heartbreaking post on Instagram written to his brother Llyr, who died last July after a battle with mental health.
The telly star and A&E doctor added a throwback picture of showing him posing with his little brother and their mum and dad.
Dr Alex wrote: "I can’t believe it’s been a year. Some days I really can’t accept or understand that you are not here. We miss you so much Llŷr.
"You give me so much strength, even when times are tough and it would be easy to give up.
"Mum, Dad and Elliott are doing ok, they miss you so much too. I would do anything to go out for a spin in the car with you again. Love you x."
Happier times: Alex and Llyr and their parents
Welsh-born Alex, who fronts Podcast The Waiting Room, was met with a huge response from some of his 2million followers.
Llyr had hoped to follow in his big brother Alex's footsteps and had been accepted for medical school but tragically took his own life a month before he was due to start after struggling with his mental health.
Announcing the heartbreaking news, last year Alex posted: "I have lost my beautiful little brother to mental health. I love you so much Llŷr. The kindest and most caring soul.
Alex says he misses Llyr 'so much' a year after his death
"I was so proud of you starting medical school next month, you would have been the most incredible doctor. We are hurting so bad. No words can explain.
'As a family we are devastated. We love you and miss you so much. Please rest in peace x Our boy.'
Since finding fame on Love Island and heading back to his day job as a doctor, Alex has also met prime minister Boris Johnson and been appointed a Youth Mental Health Ambassador.
Dr Alex George is a Mental Health Youth Ambassador
He previously told how he had himself had therapy and was an advocate for mental health and using his platform to make a real difference.
He told on Instagram when he took on his new role: "Nothing will bring my brother back but if I can make a positive impact that saves even one life, it will be worth moving mountains for. "
And he also revealed his own personal struggles and how he'd found therapy helped him and he'd 'recommend it to anyone'.
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He told Wales Online: "If you feel you need to talk to anyone or you’re going through life changes have therapy. Going to talk to someone who doesn’t know you and can give you a bit of advice independently is actually a really powerful thing."
Dr Alex also appeared on The One Show recently to speak of the launch of a government-backed official anti-bullying campaign.
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If you need a response immediately, it’s best to call them on the phone. You can reach them by calling 116 123, by emailing [email protected] or by visiting www.samaritans.org