Mental health is being prioritised in this year’s season of Love Island, as previous participants publicly reveal the pressures of being part of the show.
It’s that time again.
The nation’s favourite guilty pleasure reality TV show Love Island is back for six nights a week this summer after being cancelled in 2020.
The seventh season will usher in major behind-the-scenes changes after receiving scrutiny for the psychological pressures contenders face while filming.
Ahead of this year’s run, ITV2 has announced contestants will receive ‘comprehensive’ mental health support throughout all stages of the show. This includes once they leave the villa to return to their newly-changed lives.
The islanders will have the option to attend a minimum of eight therapy sessions after leaving the villa, as well as social media training which will outline how to deal with potential negativity in online spaces. Advice on financial management and media training will also be part of the new protocols introduced for the new season.
Many leave the Love Island villa with thousands more social media followers than they had before entering.
While a fantastic opportunity to begin creating personal brands and businesses, the sudden spotlight can be understandably overwhelming, especially when those initial weeks on air are spent away from social media and public life.
The show received its most intense criticism after the death of two former contestants, Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, who took their own lives after struggling with instant fame.