DR ALEX George and presenter Ruth Langsford have bonded over their grief after both losing family members.
The Love Island star was supported by Ruth as he spoke about how he was struggling to deal with his sadness over his brother’s death last year.
Dr Alex, 30, tragically lost his brother Llŷr in July, with Alex announcing that the family had lost him to his battle with mental health.
Llŷr was just 19 years old at the time of his passing.
Ruth’s older sister Julia Johnson took her own life in 2019 after suffering from depression for a number of years.
On Wednesday Alex wrote on Instagram, captioning a picture of him in his A&E uniform: “Grief hits you like a brick at times. Driving to work today and it really hit me really hard.
“I feel so sad at times. I really miss my brother
“I am sharing this because it’s ok to feel sad. It’s ok to cry. Miss you mate x”.
Touched by his honesty, Ruth, 60, said supportively in the comments: “Oh Alex….I know that feeling so well.
“Grief is the price we pay for love. Sending you a HUGE hug ”.
To which the medical professional responded: “Thank you Ruth x”.
Earlier this week, Alex, a tireless mental health campaigner, spoke about the moment he learnt his brother had died.
He told HOAR: “I was at a restaurant when I found out. My dad called me and immediately I could tell something was wrong, something bad had happened.
“I asked him who had passed away.
“What came next was the most indescribable physical pain I’ve ever felt.
“He told me my youngest brother Llŷr had died, and he’d taken his own life at the age of 19. In that moment my world fell apart, it came down around me. It shattered.”
In the article to mark Blue Monday – described as the most depressing day of the year – Alex said it gave “a good opportunity to talk about the way we view and treat young people’s mental health.”
He added: “On paper, Llŷr didn’t look like someone who might have a mental health condition but that’s the rub — there’s no “type” when it comes to mental health and suicide.”
And the doctorhas vowed to do whatever it takes to make a change.
“We just need better access and education for everyone,” Alex said passionately.
“If that means I have to go into politics to get it done from the ground up, I’ll do it. I will keep making a noise about this until things change.”