Dr Alex George has said he felt “tremendous guilt” after losing his younger brother.
The former Love Island star’s younger sibling Llyr tragically died in July.
Dr Alex has opened up about struggling to come to terms with his passing.
What did Dr Alex George say on Lorraine?
Appearing on ITV’s Lorraine on Monday (September 14), he said: “That’s the hard thing. I felt tremendous guilt instantly.
“I am a doctor, I’m an older brother, I always wanted to protect and look after him. What could I have done differently?
“I’m supposed to be a mental health advocate and all the work I’ve done around it.
“It was anguish, it was the worst thing.”
Despite his own heartbreak, Alex has been honest about his brother’s death.
He wants to encourage people to talk to others about their own mental health struggles.
He added: “Mental health and physical health, they’re akin.
I am a doctor, I’m an older brother, I always wanted to protect and look after him.
“Just the same way you can have a heart attack and pass away, mental health is just the same.
“It is an illness. That’s why it’s so important we treat it like that and realise it… I wanted to say ‘he’s passed away from mental health’.
“I wanted to be open about that, because there’s nothing to be ashamed of. It is an illness like anything else.”
The A&E doctor, who is glad to have returned to work once he felt ready, also discussed the moment he found out about Llyr’s death.
Alex George: ‘The world came down under my shoulders’
He revealed: “I was at a restaurant when I found out, I went out for some food with my friends. I had a phone call from my dad.
“I could tell from the call, I said ‘What’s happened? Who’s passed away?’ You could tell something bad had happened.
“When he said it was Llyr, the world kind of ended in that sense. The world came down under my shoulders.
“My little brother Elliott picked me up, we drove back to Wales… We sat in silence for five hours.
'The world kind of came down on my shoulders.'@DrAlexGeorge recalls the devastating moment he was told that his younger brother Llŷr had died by suicide. He's speaking out in the hope of helping others who are struggling with mental illness.https://t.co/vn8NeFi106 pic.twitter.com/JHpJ0fXy1u
— Lorraine (@lorraine) September 14, 2020
“Each of us crying, shouting, just letting out all this anguish I guess.”
He added: “It was weird, I went into different parts of my mind on that journey home, really dark parts of my mind, to be honest.
“Disbelief – I couldn’t believe this had happened.”
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