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'Love Island' Bosses Reveal Major Changes Following Mike Thalassitis Death

Emma Rosemurgey

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'Love Island' Bosses Reveal Major Changes Following Mike Thalassitis Death

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Love Island bosses have revealed some major changes to the show following the news of Mike Thalassitis' tragic death.

Mike was found hanged in a wood in north London, less than a year after the death of Sophie Gradon - prompting fans and reality stars to plead for more support from programmes like Love Island.

Credit: ITV
Credit: ITV

Now, producers behind the ITV show have detailed new plans to safeguard contestants in the 2019 series.

The plans will bring therapy for all the Islanders, even when they don't ask for help.

Credit: E4
Credit: E4

ITV bosses outlined the plans in a letter after former stars complained that no aftercare is provided after they leave the villa, The Sun reports.

As well as the therapy, contestants will be given social media training and financial management advice when they leave the villa.

Credit: ITV
Credit: ITV

Richard, creative director of ITV Studios, wrote: "When something so awful happens we naturally enter a period of soul searching and ask whether anything could have been done.

"This review has led us to extend our support processes to offer therapy to all Islanders and not only those that reach out to us.

"And we will be delivering bespoke training to all future Islanders to include social media and financial management.

"The key focus will be for us to no longer be reliant on the Islanders asking us for support but for us to proactively check in with them on a regular basis."

Producers have also brought in government mental health advisor Dr Paul Litchfield to give an independent review of the show's aftercare arrangements.

A number of former Islanders publicly complained about the lack of support in the wake of Mike's shock death.

Anyone affected by the news of Mike's death, or struggling in anyway, should call Samaritans for free on 116 123 - or write down your thoughts in an email to [email protected].

Topics: TV News, Love Island

Emma Rosemurgey
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