A&E physician and ex-Love Islander Alex George has been appointed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as youth psychological well being ambassador for the federal government.
He’ll “form coverage” and advise on help for younger individuals in his position, Downing Avenue stated.
In a put up to his 1.7 million Instagram followers, Alex wrote: “By no means has psychological well being been as essential as now.
“From faculties to universities, the NHS and the broader public, psychological well being issues.”
The prime minister stated the main focus of Alex’s position shall be on youngsters and younger individuals’s psychological well being, saying they’ve “heroically tailored” within the pandemic.
“This has understandably had a big impact on their psychological well being, so I wish to shine a highlight on this important situation forward of their return to highschool,” the PM stated in a press release.
“I am delighted that Dr Alex George shall be working with us as we do every part in our energy to enhance individuals’s psychological wellbeing.”
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Since his look in Love Island in 2018, Alex has been again in his day job, working in A&E at College Hospital Lewisham in London.
Final 12 months he misplaced his brother, Llŷr, to suicide.
“Nothing will convey my brother again but when I could make a optimistic influence that saves even one life, will probably be value transferring mountains for,” he stated.
For those who’ve been following Alex on Instagram or TikTok, you will have seen his posts encouraging every part from chlamydia testing to respiration workout routines for nervousness.
Final month, the 30-year-old publicly requested to talk to the prime minster about his marketing campaign for higher psychological well being provisions.
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Alex’s new unpaid place will contain what help is obtainable to younger individuals in faculties, schools and universities, and advising the federal government on what extra they will do.
He may even use his already present platform to “signpost the help that’s already obtainable”.
The federal government already has a loneliness minister, Baroness Barran, and a minister for psychological well being, suicide prevention and affected person security, Nadine Dorries.
‘Younger individuals want a voice’
Alex shall be a part of the Psychological Well being in Training Motion Group, arrange particularly to take a look at individuals returning to highschool after lockdown.
He stated: “Proper now younger individuals want a voice in authorities, and I hope that by this position I can advocate for significant change on this space.
“I hope to have a optimistic influence on the lives of younger individuals and their training for good.”
Claire Murdoch, psychological well being director, NHS England and NHS Enchancment, stated: “I met Dr Alex lately and was struck by his dedication to the NHS and to the psychological well being of our nation.”
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