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Ruth Langsford reaches out to Dr Alex George after he revealed his struggle with grief


Ruth Langsford has reached out to Dr Alex George with a moving message after he opened up about his grief and sadness following the tragic death of his brother.

The former Love Island star, 30, admitted that ‘grief hit [him] like a brick’ on Wednesday as he struggled with the loss of his younger sibling Llŷr, who took his life at the age of 19 in July.

And seeing Alex’s Instagram post, Ruth, 60, who lost her sister Julia to suicide in 2019, shared a caring message to the medic as she penned: ‘Grief is the price we pay for love.’

Support: Ruth Langsford has reached out to Dr Alex George with a moving message after he opened up about his grief and sadness following the tragic death of his brother

Support: Ruth Langsford has reached out to Dr Alex George with a moving message after he opened up about his grief and sadness following the tragic death of his brother

Alex bravely spoke candidly about his mental health with fans, sharing a picture from his work at A&E on the NHS frontline.

In the caption of his photo, Dr Alex said: ‘Grief hits you like a brick at times. Driving to work today it really hit me really hard. 

‘I feel so sad at times. I really miss my brother. I am sharing this because it’s ok to feel sad. It’s ok to cry. Miss you mate x’

Struggle: The former Love Island star, 30, admitted that 'grief hit [him] like a brick' on Wednesday as he struggled with the loss of his younger sibling Llŷr, who took his life at the age of 19 in July

Struggle: The former Love Island star, 30, admitted that ‘grief hit [him] like a brick’ on Wednesday as he struggled with the loss of his younger sibling Llŷr, who took his life at the age of 19 in July

In the comments of his post, Ruth was quick to offer her own words of support as she wrote: ‘Oh Alex….I know that feeling so well. Grief is the price we pay for love. Sending you a HUGE hug ❤️,’

Seeing her kind words, Alex responded: ‘Thank you Ruth x.’ 

The This Morning star’s husband Eamonn Holmes, 61, also commented with a series of prayer hands emojis on Alex’s post.

Shared grief: In the comments of his post, Ruth was quick to offer her own words of support as she wrote: 'Oh Alex....I know that feeling so well. Grief is the price we pay for love'

Shared grief: In the comments of his post, Ruth was quick to offer her own words of support as she wrote: ‘Oh Alex….I know that feeling so well. Grief is the price we pay for love’

Grateful: Seeing her kind words, Alex responded: 'Thank you Ruth x'

Grateful: Seeing her kind words, Alex responded: ‘Thank you Ruth x’

Meanwhile, Alex’s Love Island co-stars Jack Fincham and Alexandra Cane as well as This Morning’s Dr Zoe Williams also shared messages of support.  

In June 2019, Ruth’s sister Julia Johnson, 62, who had battled depression for years, was found dead by her husband Paul at their home in Lingfield, Surrey in June 2019.

At the time, the ITV host told viewers her sister had died ‘after a long illness’, with an inquest later ruling she had died by suicide. 

Well wishes: The This Morning star's husband Eamonn Holmes, 61, also commented with a series of prayer hands emojis on Alex's post

Well wishes: The This Morning star’s husband Eamonn Holmes, 61, also commented with a series of prayer hands emojis on Alex’s post

Kindness: Meanwhile, Alex's Love Island co-stars Jack Fincham and Alexandra Cane as well as This Morning's Dr Zoe Williams also shared messages of support

Kindness: Meanwhile, Alex’s Love Island co-stars Jack Fincham and Alexandra Cane as well as This Morning’s Dr Zoe Williams also shared messages of support

Dr Alex confirmed his brother’s passing on social media in July, describing him as ‘the kindest and most caring soul’. 

The medic revealed that he had no idea that his youngest brother was struggling with his mental health before his tragic death.

Speaking about his ‘bright, talented and funny’ sibling, he explained that Llŷr’s sudden death left their family ‘shattered and irrevocably changed’. 

Much missed: In June 2019, Ruth's sister Julia Johnson, 62, who had battled depression for years, was found dead by her husband Paul at their home in Lingfield, Surrey in June 2019

Much missed: In June 2019, Ruth’s sister Julia Johnson, 62, who had battled depression for years, was found dead by her husband Paul at their home in Lingfield, Surrey in June 2019

Describing the moment his father told him about Llŷr’s death, Dr Alex wrote in The Sun: ‘In that moment my world fell apart, it came down around me, it shattered.’

The A&E doctor explained that his brother had no diagnosed history of a mental health condition and never told him how he was feeling despite being ‘very close’.

Urging people to remember that there is ‘no type’ when it comes to mental health, he said that Llŷr did not share his struggles due to the stigma surrounding suicide mental health.

'Grief hits you like a brick at times': Alex bravely spoke candidly about his mental health with fans, sharing a picture from his work at A&E on the NHS frontline

‘Grief hits you like a brick at times’: Alex bravely spoke candidly about his mental health with fans, sharing a picture from his work at A&E on the NHS frontline

Grief stricken: Dr Alex told his followers, 'I feel so sad at times. I really miss my brother. I am sharing this because it's ok to feel sad. It's ok to cry. Miss you mate x'

Grief stricken: Dr Alex told his followers, ‘I feel so sad at times. I really miss my brother. I am sharing this because it’s ok to feel sad. It’s ok to cry. Miss you mate x’

Loss: Alex's brother tragically took his own life in July, and Dr Alex confirmed his passing on social media at the time, describing him as 'the kindest and most caring soul'.

Loss: Alex’s brother tragically took his own life in July, and Dr Alex confirmed his passing on social media at the time, describing him as ‘the kindest and most caring soul’.

He continued: ‘Not once did Llŷr tell me how he was feeling, I’m a doctor, we were very close, he knew I was a mental health advocate and hugely passionate about it.’

Dr Alex, who has been a mental health advocate for years, went on to explain that his pain from Llŷr’s sudden death will no doubt be there for the rest of his life.

He added that his brother is always in his thoughts, as he shared his hope he will eventually be able to live alongside his grief.

'My world fell apart': The medic revealed that he had no idea that his youngest brother was suffering with his mental health before his tragic death in July last year

‘My world fell apart’: The medic revealed that he had no idea that his youngest brother was suffering with his mental health before his tragic death in July last year 

He explained: ‘That pain will be there for the rest of my life but at some point I hope I’ll learn to live alongside it.’

The doctor, who works in A&E at London’s Lewisham Hospital, took to social media in December to urge Boris Johnson to meet with him. 

He penned a candid letter to the Prime Minister on Instagram, urging him to give more value to ‘support for emotional and mental wellbeing’ in schools.

'Let's talk': The doctor, who works in A&E at London's Lewisham Hospital, took to social media in December to urge Boris Johnson to meet with him

‘Let’s talk’: The doctor, who works in A&E at London’s Lewisham Hospital, took to social media in December to urge Boris Johnson to meet with him

He shared a snap of himself holding a handwritten banner reading ‘Boris let’s talk #mentalhealthmatters’ alongside his lengthy caption.

The reality TV star said he has spent ‘months’ researching and speaking to charities and believes that mental wellbeing needs to be treated with the ‘same importance as core subjects such as Maths and English’.

He explained that the issue has only become ‘more important’ due to the effects of the Covid-19 crisis, saying that each loss of life to suicide is ‘potentially preventable’. 

Dr Alex urged his 1.5million followers to share his call for action and tag Boris Johnson and Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, who he also requested to meet with.

His lengthy caption read: ‘DEAR BORIS JOHNSON, Our children have a right to receive quality mental health education and support that adequately prepares them for the world in which we live. 

Call for action: Dr Alex penned a letter to the Prime Minister on Instagram on Sunday, urging him to give more value to 'support for emotional and mental wellbeing' in schools

Call for action: Dr Alex penned a letter to the Prime Minister on Instagram on Sunday, urging him to give more value to ‘support for emotional and mental wellbeing’ in schools

‘I have spent the last few months speaking with mental health charities, teachers, parents and education leads and we all agree that things need to change. 

‘From my discussions and research, I believe there are clear areas that we can and must improve on.

‘Education and support for emotional and mental wellbeing needs to be treated with the same importance as core subjects such as Maths and English. 

‘Happy and well supported children are much more likely to enjoy and engage in education and become well rounded adults and more able to cope with the pressures of modern life.

‘This has never been more important, especially with the effects of the pandemic. 

Mental health: The reality TV star said he spent 'months' researching and believes mental health needs to be given the 'same importance as core subjects such as Maths and English'

Mental health: The reality TV star said he spent ‘months’ researching and believes mental health needs to be given the ‘same importance as core subjects such as Maths and English’

'This has never been more important': He said the issue has only become 'more important' due to the Covid-19 crisis, saying that each loss of life to suicide is 'potentially preventable'

‘This has never been more important’: He said the issue has only become ‘more important’ due to the Covid-19 crisis, saying that each loss of life to suicide is ‘potentially preventable’

‘Too many lives are lost each year to suicide, each one of them a potentially preventable loss of life. How many more lives must we lose before we act?

‘I would like to meet with yourself and Secretary of State for Education @gavinwilliamson.mp to discuss the changes which I propose. I look forward to hearing from you, Dr Alex George.

‘Please tag @borisjohnsonuk and share to make this happen’ 

And the TV doctor did not stop there, as he also shared a flood of posts on his Instagram stories urging his followers to help him ‘act’. 

Speaking about his brother’s death, he wrote: ‘I might not be able to help my brother. But I can help other children and young adults, with your help. Together.’ 

Anger: Dr Alex also fumed in all caps that 'our children have a right to mental health education', arguing that 'they deserve better' as he vowed he would not give up

Share: Dr Alex urged his 1.5million followers to share his call for action and tag Boris Johnson and Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, who he also requested to meet with.

Anger: Dr Alex also fumed in all caps that ‘our children have a right to mental health education’, arguing that ‘they deserve better’ as he vowed he would not give up

Support: The A&E doctor also shared driven reactions from his fans, including teachers and practitioners, who argued that 'not enough' was being done to 'protect mental health'

Support: The A&E doctor also shared driven reactions from his fans, including teachers and practitioners, who argued that ‘not enough’ was being done to ‘protect mental health’

He added: ‘I have been quiet until now. Gathering information. Speaking to experts. Understanding the issue. Now it’s time to act. Please help me.’

Dr Alex also fumed in all caps that ‘our children have a right to mental health education’, arguing that ‘they deserve better’ as he vowed he would not give up.

He also shared driven reactions from his fans, including teachers and practitioners, who argued that ‘not enough’ was being done to ‘protect mental health’. 

The doctor also posted an array of messages continuing to thank his followers for all of their support; His comments come after he endured his first Christmas without his brother Llŷr.

Grieving: Last month, Dr Alex returned for a new series of his podcast The Waiting Room, and opened with a tribute to Llŷr, who died in July

Grieving: Last month, Dr Alex returned for a new series of his podcast The Waiting Room, and opened with a tribute to Llŷr, who died in July

Last month, Dr Alex returned for a new series of his podcast The Waiting Room, and opened with a tribute to Llŷr. 

‘I’ve been going through the hardest time in my personal life after loosing my brother Llŷr to mental health in July,’ he told listeners. ‘He was only 19 with a career in medicine ahead of him.

‘I was so so proud of him. I miss him so much and he is always in my thoughts.’ 

Dr Alex also recalled what someone ‘very very wise’ told him after his brother passed away. 

Famous medic: A&E doctor Alex - who shot to fame on Love Island 2018 - was debuting the fourth series of the podcast after a trying year

Famous medic: A&E doctor Alex – who shot to fame on Love Island 2018 – was debuting the fourth series of the podcast after a trying year 

‘Life throws us into the deep end at times but with the help of family and friends we overcome even the most seemingly surmountable of challenges. Just know you are never alone.’ 

Reflecting on the grieving process, he added: ‘Grief is an ongoing process and I’ll never get over losing Llŷr, but i want to continue doing the things that are important to me.’

A&E doctor Alex – who shot to fame on Love Island 2018 – was debuting the fourth series of the podcast after a trying year.

He’s been treating Covid-19 patients at Lewisham Hospital in London and sharing his experiences with the nation in his role as a TV medic. 

If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.

Hero: The doctor has been treating Covid-19 patients at Lewisham Hospital in London and sharing his experiences with the nation in his role as a TV medic

Hero: The doctor has been treating Covid-19 patients at Lewisham Hospital in London and sharing his experiences with the nation in his role as a TV medic

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