Dani Dyer has opened up about getting additional therapy following the provided Love Island counselling.
The winner of the 2018 series explained that she was ‘overwhelmed’ with her new-found fame following the end of the show. Speaking to the Telegraph’s Stella magazine, Dani said: “It can be very tough. I spoke to a psychologist from the show before I went on and afterwards. I had several calls from the producers checking if I was OK.”
“And a few weeks after the show, when I felt overwhelmed and said I needed to speak to someone, they put me in touch with a psychiatrist,” she concluded.
This comes after this year’s contestant, Amy Hart, praised the aftercare on the show. Following the suicides of two former Islanders, Mike Thalassitis and Sophie Gradon, Love Island made some big changes. For example, they got rid of the ‘postcard from Casa Amor’ and the lie-detector challenges. They have also introduced social media training, compulsory additional therapy sessions, and money-management training.
Speaking to The Sun, the air hostess said she made regular trips to see the show’s psychiatrist during her five weeks in the villa. Plus, when she split up with Curtis, she had access to them “24 hours” a day to help her.
She explained: “I used to suffer from anxiety travelling around the world as an 18-year-old. I used to be a bit scared of therapy and since going in the villa I love it. They gave me tools to deal with it. They were on call for 24 hours.”
Amy chose to leave the villa for her own wellbeing. At the time, she explained: “I was grieving the loss of my first love, living in a house with him and watching one of my alleged friends get with him,
“I feel a million times better now I’ve left, but I defy anyone not to fall apart and be completely heartbroken. I was very confused. I couldn’t eat, I lost six pounds.”
Hart recently lashed out at Radio 1 for a ‘cruel’ prank and accused the station of “trivialising her pain”. Presenter Chris Stark posted on Twitter and asked listeners if they wanted to be “dumped by Curtis from Love Island?”
The Tweet explained, “We’ve had an idea for the show where we can offer you a fake dumping,
“Keen to do a few of these with loads of you. So if you’d like to know what it’s like to be dumped by Curtis message me back now…”
Hart noticed the tweet and shared it on her Instagram story. She told her followers: “One of the replies was ‘it’s going to be funny, get him to email in’.
“I thought we were being conscious of mental health these days?
“I’m all for a laugh but I just feel that trivialising something that so many people resonated with and turning it into a laughing matter isn’t entertainment.”
It seems that we have a lot of work to do as society when it comes to mental health, but Love Island providing additional therapy is a step in the right direction.
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