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Dr Alex George says he ‘could actually cry’ as he celebrates £79m for youth mental health with Boris Johnson

Dr Alex George has said that he could ‘actually cry’ as he celebrated £79 million being approved for youth mental health.

The former Love Island star was recently appointed Youth Mental Health Ambassador by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as he’s set to advise the government on young people’s mental wellbeing.

Dr Alex has announced that the government has now approved a significant amount of money to help fund many of the mental health services in this country which look after young people.

This includes the Mental Health Support Team for schools, as well as the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.

Dr Alex revealed he had been ‘pushing so hard for this’, while thanking the many people who helped him in achieving his goal.

Taking to Instagram, the 30-year-old shared a snap of him alongside Boris, as he beamed while holding up a sign that read ‘£79 MILLION’.

He penned: ‘THIS IS A HUGE MOMENT!! I am so pleased to announce that the Government has approved £79 MILLION for YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH!

Dr Alex celebrated the news with Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Picture: Instagram)

‘I could actually cry, I have been pushing so hard for this but it couldn’t have happened without the incredible work of everyone involved.

‘This has been a TEAM effort, including incredible individuals such as Claire Murdoch CBE (a hero of mine), Professor Prathiba Chitsabesan as well as the many wonderful charities, organisations and experts involved.

‘Thank you especially to the students, parents and teachers who have made us all stop and listen. You are incredible.’

Dr Alex stressed that so far, it is ‘one piece of the jigsaw’, but it’s also a ‘step in the right direction’ in helping many young people and their mental health.

Alex was recently appointed Youth Mental Health Ambassador by the Prime Minister (Picture: Pippa Fowles/No10 Downing Street)

He continued: ‘Thank you to everyone working in mental health, you are rockstars in my eyes.

‘When I started this journey, I dreamt that we might be able to give young peoples mental health the attention it deserved, I am so so happy that we are making positive moves in the right direction.

‘The work doesn’t end here, this is just the start.’

Alex has been speaking openly about mental health following the death of his younger brother Llyr, who died last July at the age of 19.

The NHS worker recently paid a touching tribute to his late sibling to mark what would have been his 20th birthday.

Dr Alex shared a photo of his younger brother proudly posing beside him on the day he graduated as a doctor.

Dr Alex recently paid tribute to his late brother Llyr (Picture: Instagram)

In the accompanying caption, Alex heartbreakingly recalled the then 14-year-old ‘running up to him after the ceremony with the biggest smile’.

‘I was so excited for you to follow in my footsteps, you would have been the most amazing doctor,’ Alex said about Llyr, who passed away weeks before he was due to start medical school.

He continued: ‘Although I would never admit it to you, in honestly, you were the smarter of the two [sic].

‘You would have loved medical school and gone on to achieve so much. The very kindest of souls.’



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