Dr Alex George candidly opens up on ‘tough’ first Christmas after tragic death of his brother Llŷr

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Dr Alex George has candidly revealed how this Christmas will be “very difficult” for him, following the death of his brother Llŷr earlier this year.

The Love Island star and A&E doctor, 30, announced the tragic news that he lost his brother to mental health in July this year.

And, nearly six months on, Alex admits he thinks he will never get over the death of his brother.

Speaking exclusively to OK! online as he collaborated with Nuffield Health for their latest mental health campaign, Dr Alex said: “It’s tough, it is hard. Grief in itself is something that’s an ongoing process. I lost my grandmother a few years ago but you can’t compare the scenario, really.

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“I think it’s something you don’t get over, it’s something you learn to live with. I’m having now, more than ever, to rely on the things I do to keep myself feeling good and positive because it’s tough.

“But, yeah there’s good days and bad days and days where things are tougher.”

Dr Alex, who recently announced he’s leaving his job as an A&E doctor to train as a GP, revealed the build up to Christmas has been particularly hard.

He said: “Moving towards Christmas is very difficult. All the firsts, I think, will be really hard; first birthday, first Christmas.

“I’m pretty resilient, pretty positive, I’ve got a lot of things to focus on.”

Dr Alex is now campaigning to bring mental health awareness and support into schools.

He has also collaborated with Nuffield Health to encourage people to think more holistically about mental health, which he explained was how he helped himself when he found himself struggling in medical school.

Dr Alex said: “I think, myself, I noticed in med school people weren’t very open at all – it’s an area people are particularly uncomfortable with.

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“I was in Truro for a period of time and felt quite isolated, but I just didn’t feel very… It felt almost uncomfortable to discuss it and I think that’s a real, real shame.

“And, I think, the reason that came down to was because I felt that, would people think I could be a doctor if they thought I was struggling?”

The Love Island star said: “It’s very sad to think it’s not that very many years ago that happened.

“I became more isolated, wasn’t exercising, eating bad, my sleep routine was terrible and I didn’t have any kind of self care routine at all.

“I realised this wasn’t gonna help so I made all these little changes, got outside with natural light, started walking habits and things like making sure my sleep routine was good, speak to people, started making plans to spend time with friends and things and it made a big difference to me.”

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