This week it was confirmed that reality star Mike Thalassitis, made famous after his appearance on Love Island, had died after committing suicide. Many have stressed that TV producers do not provide enough mental health support to their contestants. Mike's death sheds light on the real realities on celebrity life and asserts "suicide does not discriminate".
The news outlet, The Sun, launched the "You're Not Alone" campaign to encourage readers to reach out for help with mental health problems and states if you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
- CALM - thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Heads Together - Headstogether.org.uk
- Mind - Mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus - papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 4141
- Samaritans - Samaritans.org 116 123
What effects do you think reality TV shows have on its contestants as well as their viewers?
Do you have any details for additional help and support networks that are specific to other countries?