‘I’m still living from moment to moment’: Dr Alex George admits his life has been ‘changed forever’ by his brother Llŷr’s suicide
Dr Alex George revealed his life has been ‘fchanged forever’ by his brother Llŷr’s suicide during Thursday’s episode of Lorraine.
The former Love Island star admitted his life will ‘never go back to the way it was before’ as he spoke about a new documentary he’s filmed on mental health, set to air this weekend.
Alex, whose brother Llyr died by suicide last year, explained he’s still living ‘from moment to moment’ in the wake of his sibling’s death, as he continued his campaigning for increased funding around mental health care.
Devastated: Dr Alex George revealed his life has been ‘forever changed’ by his brother Llŷr’s suicide during Thursday’s episode of Lorraine
Speaking about the programme, Alex said: ‘This is probably one of the hardest things I have ever done. I knew it would be tough to film this documentary, speaking to young people and hearing their stories, that’s going to be triggering, but it was a lot harder than I ever thought.
The former Love Island star got candid about losing his brother, admitting: ‘We’re all living from moment to moment.’
‘Llyr, his one death has affected the lives of hundreds of people, forever. Me, my parents lives, they’ll never go back to what it was before.’
Loss: He chatted about his new documentary which sees him and his family talk about the loss of his brother Llyr, who tragically took his own life at the age of 19 last year
Alex is campaigning for better funding towards mental health and explained that early intervention was critical.
‘There’s 2,000 young people being referred to child and mental health services every day,’ he said.
‘We are in a crisis point with youth mental health, but there are solutions. One of the solutions is early support helps, resourcing and funding on mental health services.
Mental health ambassador: Alex is campaigning for better funding towards mental health and explained that early intervention was critical
Campaigner: He urged: ‘Let’s not lose these people in the first place, let’s act early, make sure the support is there, and it can be accessed by everyone
He urged: ‘Let’s not lose these people in the first place, let’s act early, make sure the support is there, and it can be accessed by everyone.
‘We need a national system and support network that is accessible to every child.’
It comes after Dr Alex got a tattoo tribute to Llyr on his wrist, sharing a photo of the small wave with his fans on Instagram.
Alex revealed its meaning explaining Llyr means god of the sea in Welsh, and that as children they used to play by the water.
He said: ‘I didn’t want to write his name directly, so I got something not quite so triggering – a simple wave.’
Taking to Instagram, Alex wrote: ‘This ones for you my boy. After losing Llŷr, I have wanted to pay a permanent tribute to him and what he means to me. I miss him every single day.’
Dr Alex: Our Young Mental Health Crisis airs on Sunday at 10:30pm on BBC One. Lorraine airs weekdays from 9am on ITV.
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Tribute: It comes after Dr Alex got a tattoo tribute to Llyr on his wrist, sharing a photo of the small wave with his fans on Instagram