Dr Alex George to take break from social media following death of younger brother

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Dr Alex George visits "Where's Your Head At?" Bauer Media's campaign to ensure mental and physical health are given equal treatment in the workplace at Heat Radio on May 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Lawrence X/Getty Images)
Dr Alex George visits Where's Your Head At?, Bauer Media's campaign to ensure mental and physical health are given equal treatment, in May 2019. (Ian Lawrence X/Getty Images)

Love Island’s Alex George is taking a break from social media for the sake of his mental health, following the death of his younger brother last month.

The NHS doctor is back working at Lewisham hospital, but has told followers he will be going offline to “focus on family and friends”.

Writing on Instagram, George said: “I have decided to take a few weeks off social media. With everything that’s happened it’s important for my mental health that I take some time offline.

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“I am focusing on my family and friends as well as looking after myself.

“I’m also going to spend some time thinking and working on a few projects that are close to my heart. Without doubt A&E will continue to keep me busy too.”

He ended the post: “Thank you for your support and see you all in a few weeks. Stay safe and be kind to yourselves.”

George announced the death of brother Llyr on social media last month.

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He shared his grief after the funeral earlier in August, writing: “Yesterday I said goodbye to my little brother Llyr… Except it wasn’t goodbye. Llyr, your dream was to become a doctor, you will live that dream. Every patient I see, we will do it together, you and I.

“Your favourite passion is cars, every time I am out driving, I know you will be there laughing and smiling with me. I love you so much Llyr, you are always with me, my boy.”

He later thanked his 1.5 million followers for their support, saying: “I just want to say thank you to all of you who have supported me. The kindness has been truly overwhelming. Please know it has helped me no end and continues to get me through each day. Thank you.”

If you are in need of emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org, visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.