Dr Alex George says he's 'still going' after younger brother's shocking death from mental health battle
DR. Alex George has told fans he will "be OK in time" after his brother lost his battle with mental health.
The A&E doctor – who shot to fame on 'Love Island' – took to Instagram last night to tell people he is "still going" after the tragic death of his younger brother Llŷr.
He wrote on his Instagram Stories: "So many of you are checking in on me so I want to say thank you and let you know I am still going.
"In time I will be ok."
Earlier this month the reality star, 30, revealed his sibling – Llŷr- took his own life just weeks before he was due to start medical school.
The beloved doctor and Youtuber told fans he was going through the "hardest times" he's ever faced in his life but said he will find the strength to support his family.
Dr Alex kept his fans updated on how he was coping and thanked them for their support.
He wrote: "These are the hardest times I could ever have imagined. The kindness and love our family has received has been incredible and I am so grateful.
"In the darkest times we must pick ourselves up, find strength and be there for our family and friends. That is exactly what I'll do.
"The kindness and love our family has received has been incredible and I am so grateful."
Dr Alex's heart wrenching post came after This Morning presenter, Ruth Langsford shared her condolences with the family.
Ruth, 60, admitted she understood his pain after her sister Julia took her own life last June at the age of 62.
She wrote: "Alex, I am so, so sorry for your tragic loss. I lost my sister to mental health last year so I understand the pain and shock you and your family will be feeling.
"I send you the hugest of hugs and if you ever need to talk you know how to reach me.
"My condolences to you and your family and may your darling brother rest in peace."
Alex shared the heartbreaking news about "beautiful" Llŷr on Instagram on Friday, writing at the time: "I can’t believe I am actually writing this post.
"I have lost my beautiful little brother to mental health. I love you so much Llŷr. The kindest and most caring soul.
"I was so proud of you starting medical school next month, you would have been the most incredible doctor.
"We are hurting so bad. No words can explain.
"As a family we are devastated. We love you and miss you so much. Please rest in peace x Our boy."
On Saturday, he shared a photo of himself with an arm around his younger sibling as he told followers: "Thank you for all the messages of kindness here and to my phone.
"I am incredibly grateful of the support and it means so much.
"I am sorry that I can't reply yet. I need to try and process what has happened somehow."
Llŷr's cause of death has not been confirmed.
Ruth was left distraught when her sister took her own life last year, telling her followers at the time that Julia had suffered "a very long illness".
She said: "My lovely sis Julia has sadly died after a very long illness. My heart is completely broken.
"She was the kindest and most gentle soul and I will miss her forever. As I am sure you will appreciate I need to take time to grieve with my family.
"Thank you for your understanding."
Alex took to Instagram to reveal his brother had tragically passed away.
He wrote: "I can't believe I am actually writing this post. I have lost my beautiful little brother to mental health. I love you so much Llŷr.
"The kindest and most caring soul. I was so proud of you starting medical school next month, you would have been the most incredible doctor.
"We are hurting so bad. No words can explain. As a family we are devastated. We love you and miss you so much. Please rest in peace x Our boy."
YOU'RE NOT ALONE
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
- CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
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