Love Island contestants will obtain extra ‘psychological assist’ following deaths


UK broadcaster ITV has ramped up welfare methods for contestants on the Love Island format – together with the New Zealand model that will likely be produced for Three later this yr – within the wake of a number of deaths.

An inquest has dominated that 32-year-old Sophie Gradon died by suicide in June 2018 after showing on the second season within the UK. 


Her associate on the time of her demise took his personal life lower than a month after Gradon died.

Sophie Gradon with her boyfriend Aaron Armstrong. Gradon killed herself after her appearance on Love Island. Armstrong - not a contestant in the show - took his own life a few weeks later.


Sophie Gradon along with her boyfriend Aaron Armstrong. Gradon killed herself after her look on Love Island. Armstrong – not a contestant within the present – took his personal life a number of weeks later.

Then, in March this yr, Mike Thalassitis, recognized derogatorily as “Muggy Mike” throughout his run on the third season, additionally died in a suspected suicide.

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ITV was below additional fireplace final week when a participant on The Jeremy Kyle Present died following an look on the present. The backlash led to ITV completely cancelling Jeremy Kyle amid reviews of unethical practices on the present.

ITV mentioned that the brand new responsibility of care practices, which might be in impact for the fifth season that launches on June three within the UK and on June 5 in New Zealand, would comprise extra “psychological assist,” for contestants and additional “conversations” with them relating to “the impression of participation on the present,” in addition to coaching on social media and monetary administration and “a proactive aftercare package deal.”


Tributes pour in as Mike Thalassitis, who appeared within the third collection of ITV’s Love Island, dies on the age of 26.

The particular adjustments seem to deal primarily with managing solid members’ expectations round what life will likely be like throughout and after their time on the island. 

Below the brand new system, ITV mentioned, producers will give contestants “detailed explanations each verbally and in writing of the implications, each optimistic and destructive, of collaborating within the collection are given to potential solid members all through the casting course of and bolstered throughout the contract so it’s clear.”

The broadcaster has additionally added “bespoke coaching on coping with social media and recommendation on finance and adjusting to life again dwelling,” and can give every participant a minimal of eight remedy classes after they depart the present. 

It has additionally pledged to proceed “proactive contact” with contestants for 14 months after their collection finishes its run.

Mike Thalassitis died in a suspected suicide following his appearance on Love Island.

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Mike Thalassitis died in a suspected suicide following his look on Love Island.

The brand new practices additionally particularly counsel contestants to “safe administration to signify them after the present.”

Abuse on social media and destructive remark within the mainstream press had been cited as components associated to each Gradon and Thalassitis’ deaths. 

Richard Cowles, artistic director at ITV Studios within the UK, mentioned: “As a result of success of the present our Islanders can discover themselves within the public eye following their look. We actually wish to make certain they’ve given actual consideration to this and what showing on TV entails. Discussing all of this with us kinds a giant a part of the casting course of and, in the end, their determination to participate.”

The first native manufacturing of Love Island is because of air on Three later this yr. It will likely be produced by ITV Studios Australia, which additionally makes the Australian model.

Three’s proprietor, MediaWorks, confirmed to Stuff that the New Zealand manufacturing could be certain by the identical responsibility of care practices as within the UK.


The Psychological Well being Basis’s free Useful resource and Info Service (09 623 4812) will refer callers to a few of the helplines under:

Lifeline (open 24/7) – 0800 543 354

Despair Helpline (open 24/7) – 0800 111 757

Healthline (open 24/7) – 0800 611 116

Samaritans (open 24/7) – 0800 726 666

Suicide Disaster Helpline (open 24/7) – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO). This can be a service for individuals who could also be desirous about suicide, or those that are involved about household or mates.

Youthline (open 24/7) – 0800 376 633. You may as well textual content 234 totally free between 8am and midnight, or e mail [email protected]

0800 WHATSUP youngsters’s helpline – cellphone 0800 9428 787 between 1pm and 10pm on weekdays and from 3pm to 10pm on weekends. On-line chat is out there from 7pm to 10pm each day at

Kidsline (open 24/7) – 0800 543 754. This service is for kids aged 5 to 18. Those that ring between 4pm and 9pm on weekdays will communicate to a Kidsline buddy. These are specifically skilled teenage phone counsellors.

Your native Rural Assist Belief – 0800 787 254 (0800 RURAL HELP)

Alcohol Drug Helpline (open 24/7) – 0800 787 797. You may as well textual content 8691 totally free.

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