Dr. Alex George on the summons that led to his brother’s death

Dr. Alex George on the summons that led to his brother’s death

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Dr. Alex George described his family and friends as his “lifeline” after the death of his younger brother, thanking the person who sent him the quote that “got him through”.

The former The island of love star, now the government’s youth mental health ambassador, spoke to Kate Thornton Question Time on white wine on the loss of her brother Llŷr by suicide in 2020.

He described a “fantastic” consultant he knew called Nigel Harrison, who sent him a quote in a text message shortly after the 19-year-old’s tragic death.

“I think it really helped me get through that time,” he told Thornton, before reading the quote in full: “Life sometimes throws us deep inside.

“However, with the help of family and friends, we overcome even the most seemingly insurmountable challenges.”

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George said he loved the quote because in the most difficult times, sometimes when we can’t see a way out, those around us can “say something or do something, and to them it might seem like the smallest thing.”

“But for you, it’s your lifeline. And that’s what it was for me. So thank you Mr. Nigel Harrison.”

Speaking openly over the next few weeks, he said his brother’s death “laid him bare” and that he was just trying to get out of bed, take a shower and get out, before rebuilding anything else into his routine.

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She said she reflected on how important the fundamentals are during her grief, but also that it was important to be able to teach people to recognize these things so they could use them in good and bad times.

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“When you are grieving, probably more important than ever, you need to sleep. Your brain is drained, it is exhausted,” he added.

“He’s been through trauma, he needs to rest. So sleep is really important. The two biggest things for me were nature and talking.

“Being in nature, being out, made me feel connected to the world when I felt disconnected. And talking is so powerful.”

The mental health ambassador also said on the podcast that he believes everyone should have therapy and that they could benefit from watching how they process things.

Comparing the pain to marathon training, he said you wouldn’t wake up one day and decide to run a marathon.

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Dr. Alex George at the Global Citizen Prize at the Royal Albert Hall in 2019. (Getty Images)

“What the pain does is it brings you back to the point where you almost forget how to walk,” said George.

“You have to prepare to get out of bed by walking, jogging slowly, then racking up miles.

“In the end you do that marathon, that marathon that you could imagine how life I imagine, and come back to life.”

Accountability to his parents was an “important part of why he survived” at that time, he said, saying his purpose at the time was to keep the family going and “bring it together.”

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“They were like children in the sense that they were brought back to be like children in terms of their emotional state,” she explained.

She described the two- and three-hour journeys her mother took so that she could have room to talk about her feelings as “exhausting”.

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Kate Thornton, Dr. Alex George and Michelle Heaton at a Stand Up to Cancer panel discussion in 2018. (Getty Images)

“It was almost like self-harm,” he added, “because I was harming myself by doing it over and over again.

“So many thoughts are repetitive, because they are so deeply ingrained, especially immediately [after the death] when you are in a state of shock. “

She said her parents are now working and campaigning, with her mother starting Knit for Mental Health which raised around £ 80,000 for mental health charities, while her father was “tinkering with bicycles”.

“There are so many things they are doing now, good things, joy they derive from life. It is the nightmare that never ends in many ways, and there will always be a part of you that will always carry it. But they still get joy. from life, the world.

“For anyone who’s listening, you can really go through some pretty tough stuff and come out the other side. I love the saying, ‘This will pass too.’

For a confidential emotional support contact The Samaritans at any time by calling 116 123 or by emailing jo@samaritans.org.

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