The new Love Island contestants will have on-site therapy available (Picture: ITV)
The cast of Love Island 2021 have been urged to ‘bond’ with the on-site therapist on offer to them, so ‘when things go wrong’, they can rely on the connection they have.
Ahead of the launch of the new series, ITV announced new duty of care protocols for contestants, offering them ‘comprehensive psychological support’, training on the impact of social media, ‘financial management’ training and ‘a proactive aftercare package’.
There were calls for Islanders to receive increased support after two former Love Island stars, Sophie Gradon from series two and Mike Thalassitis from series three, took their own lives after appearing on the show.
In February 2020, former Love Island host Caroline Flack died by suicide at the age of 40.
Amy Hart, who took part in the 2019 series, explained that before her time on Love Island, she was against the idea of going to therapy.
However, her view has since changed, as she encouraged those on this year’s series to make full use of the on-site therapy available to them.
Amy has urged the Islanders to use the therapist on offer to them (Picture: ITV)
‘I was very anti going to therapy in the villa at first, because I was so scared that if I went they’d think I wasn’t fit to be in there, whereas it’s perfectly fine to use a therapist,’ she told BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat.
‘I’d suggest building a bond [with the therapist] whilst everything is good so when things go wrong, that bond is there.’
Ched Uzor, who starred on Love Island in 2020, echoed Amy’s sentiments, emphasising that people shouldn’t feel as though there is something ‘wrong’ with them if they speak to a therapist.
Ched has stressed that there’s nothing ‘wrong with you’ if you have therapy (Picture: ITV)
‘People think if you’re doing therapy there must be something really wrong with you… no, there’s not, you’re just trying to better yourself,’ he said.
The new duty of care protocols introduced by ITV for the Love Island contestants are part of a collaboration between former Chief Medical Officer Dr Paul Litchfield and Consultant Chartered Clinical Psychologist Dr Matthew Gould.
The Islanders who compete in this year’s show will be given the option to have a ‘minimum of eight therapy sessions’ when they return home.
Dr Litchfield, who was appointed by ITV in 2018 to review Love Island’s participant welfare processes, said: ‘Society’s appreciation of the importance of mental health and wellbeing has grown enormously in recent years and the pandemic has brought that into even sharper focus.
‘Reducing the risk of harm, where possible, is an imperative but promoting good mental health is also necessary. ITV’s evolving commitment to these issues, backed up by tangible action, is an example to others in the industry and beyond.’
Love Island 2021 launches on Monday June 28 at 9pm on ITV2.
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