Trigger warning: suicideThe mental wellbeing of Love Island contestants has increasingly taken center stage in as more and more Islanders have been subjected to trolling and criticism during and after the show has aired.Questions about whether the show bosses were doing enough to prepare and protect their came under fire after former Love Island and Celebs Go Dating contestant Mike Thalassitis took his own life in 2019.Thalassitis is the second former Love Island contestant to die by suicide after appearing on the show.
Sophie Gradon died in June 2018 and , who hosted the show, took her own life in 2020. While suicide is tragically complex and impossible to pinpoint one single cause, it has raised important questions about how vulnerable the young stars who appear on Love Island are and how much support they are offered before, during, and after the experience.And now, ahead of the Love Island Winter 2023 season, ITV has published details on the show’s duty of care processes with detailed welfare plans in place to support participants before, during, and after filming.
The biggest shake up is that contestants will be asked to pause social media activity for the duration of their time on the show.
Their accounts “will remain dormant while they are in the villa, so that nothing is published on their behalf.” Show bosses believe this new protocol will help “protect both the Islanders and their families from the adverse effects of social media.”Islanders will also receive enhanced training around behavior in relationships, something that seems to have come to light after last year's series saw many of the male contestants criticized by viewers for displaying controlling behavior.