Love Island announce therapy sessions and financial training for stars to protect them after Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon’s suicides
LOVE Island bosses have revealed that they have increased their duty of care support to contestants after Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon’s tragic deaths.
The show has come under renewed scrutiny after The Jeremy Kyle Show was cancelled following the suspected suicide of guest Steve Dymond just days after he appeared on the show.
Care support for contestants on Love Island will now include a minimum of eight therapy sessions and advice on how to manage social media.
More key changes this year include bespoke training for all Islanders on financial management, more detailed conversations with potential Islanders regarding how the show could impact them and “enhanced psychological support”.
A psychological consultant is set to be on hand before and after the show ends, and extensive checks with Islander’s GP’s will be carried during the casting process.
ITV has said that a proactive aftercare package will last for 14 months, up until the end of the next series.
Creative Director ITV Studios Entertainment Richard Cowles has told The Sun Online: “Due to the success of the show our Islanders can find themselves in the public eye following their appearance.
“We really want to make sure they have given real consideration to this and what appearing on TV entails. Discussing all of this with us forms a big part of the casting process and, ultimately, their decision to take part.
“Also, as we are outlining today our welfare processes follow three key stages: pre-filming, filming and aftercare and we are increasing our post filming support to help Islanders following their time in villa.”
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The Sun Online previously revealed that Love Island bosses had written a clause into this year’s contract for the show that offers the stars’ family support in addition to the Islanders.
Producers have extended the welfare section to the reality TV hopefuls’ relatives to ensure that they can also get help during and after the series.
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