The former Love Island star took to social media to plead with online trolls
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As Love Island bosses had to issue a warning to viewers about their social media comments in an attempt to clamp down on internet trolling, former contestant Dr Alex George has joined the call for kindness online.
Prior to Thursday night's episode of the ITV2 reality show, producers urged fans to "think before they post" after it was revealed that newcomer Chloe Burrows had been subjected to death threats on her Instagram account just days into the show's new series.
Dr Alex, who was a resident of the famous villa back in 2018, has taken to social media to reveal he is "shocked and appalled" at the news and called on people to consider how they would feel if they saw their loved ones subjected to abuse.
Dr Alex opened up as he called for an end to online trolling
In a statement posted to his Instagram account, the television doctor wrote: "I am shocked and appalled at what we have witnessed online over the last few days.
"I am saddened to see how much negativity and hate there has been online during this series of Love Island," he continued.
"Hard to comprehend that people are sending death threats and encouraging contestants to 'kill themselves' just because they don't like what they are seeing on screen."
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The 30-year-old medic continued, opening up about his experience with suicide having lost his brother to mental health issues last year.
"As someone who has lost a brother to suicide, I find this truly sickening. Have we learnt nothing since the passing of our beloved Caroline Flack?," Alex questioned.
"There is no justification for online bullying and abuse. Before you send hateful vitriol, have a little think."
The former Love Island star concluded with a call for kindness, writing: "What if that was your brother or sister receiving that. what if that was your child on the end of that hate? THINK before you type. Be Kind. Always."
The doctor has been raising awareness of mental health issues since his brother's tragic death
In July 2020, Dr Alex suffered the heartbreaking loss of his younger brother Llŷr, when the 19-year-old took his own life just weeks before he was due to start medical school.
The tragic news came just months after former Love Island presenter Caroline Flack, who Dr Alex also references in his emotional statement, was found dead in her London home after struggling with her mental health.
Sharing his passionate plea with his 1.9 million followers, the government's Youth Mental Health Ambassador added some further thoughts in the post's caption.
"The online events of the last few days has been nothing short of shocking," the star wrote.
The former Love Island contestant with the late Caroline Flack in 2018
"As youth mental health ambassador I am currently working on an anti-bullying campaign, fair to say recent events have justified it’s need more than ever."
"Please think before you type. Be kind," he signed off, adding a blue love-heart emoji.
Many famous faces commented on the doctor's emotional speech, with singer Example writing: "You're a national treasure Al."
Gemma Collins showed her support, leaving a clapping-hands emoji as a comment, while Josh Cuthbert wrote: "AMEN TO THIS MATE. You are one of a kind, keep spreading awareness."
If you're struggling and need to talk, the Samaritans operate a free helpline open 24/7 on 116 123. Alternatively, you can email [email protected] or visit their site to find your local branch