Dr Alex George shared a heart-wrenching post on what would have been his brother Llyr’s 20th birthday.
The former Love Island star, 30, lost his brother to mental health in July 2020 and took the day to reminisce with a throwback photo on Instagram.
Alongside a picture of himself and Llyr posing on his graduation day, he wrote: “Today would be your 20th birthday. You were 14 in this picture. I remember how proud you were of me graduating as a doctor.
“You ran up to me after the ceremony with the biggest smile. I was so excited for you to follow in my footsteps, you would have been the most amazing doctor.”
The frontline A&E doctor continued: “Although I would never admit it to you, in honesty you were the smarter of the two.”
Dr Alex went on to say that Llyr’s birthday “was supposed to be the start of your 20s".
“You would have loved medical school and gone on to achieve so much. The very kindest of souls,” he recalled.
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“We had so many plans for road trips, adventures and enjoying cars.
"I think about you every single day my boy. It is impossibly hard at times, we miss you so much as a family.
"I have always been so proud of you. I hope you are proud of me. Love you my boy x.”
Llyr died last year when he was 19 years old.
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Dr Alex recently opened up about how the grief of losing his little brother is “always there” in an interview with The Guardian.
He explained: “I think of grief as a little black box in my head. That box, it’s always in the house. You’re not focused on it, but it’s always there.
“Every now and then, you go to the shelf, you open the box – and everything comes out. That’s when things are tough.”
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He spent a lot of his time researching everything he could about mental health after leaving Love Island in 2018.
The doctor, who has been working on the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic, has always been vocal about the importance of discussing mental health.
He even took to social media to request a meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson in January, before being appointed Youth Mental Health Ambassador a month later.
For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.
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