The Love Island villa opened last night, Monday 6 June, for its new season for singletons to share intimate relationships in front of millions of viewers.
This year all contestants have been given advice on how to control their mental health after former islanders Sophie Gordon and Mike Thalassitis took their lives and former late host Caroline Flack raised concerns about the lack of support offered once the series ends.
Before they entered the villa contestants watched a short film of former participants sharing their experiences on the show, how they adapted to being filmed around the clock and advice on dealing with trolls on social media.
Ade Rawcliffe, director of diversity and inclusion at ITV, told The Guardian: “The world we live in is changing every day, and we want all of our islanders to feel they are part of an inclusive environment in the villa. As part of our duty of care process, it is also important we play our part in educating our participants to understand and empathise with different perspectives and lived experiences.”
In 2019 ITV improved its services to protect the islanders wellbeing after the mental health minister raised concerns.
The broadcaster worked alongside Dr Paul Litchfield to provide regular meetings with mental health professionals before, during and after the show as well as social media training, therapy sessions, financial support and encouraged participants to find help on future TV, advertising and public appearances after leaving the island.
Those put forward for potential contestants are now required to share their medical history and screened for vulnerabilities.
Litchfield said: “Being thrust into the glare of intense public scrutiny can be daunting and providing effective support to people living through that experience is critical.”
Love Island is on ITV2 every night at 9pm and available afterwards on ITV Hub.
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