Dr Alex George marks World Suicide Prevention Day after his brother took his own life aged 19

Dr Alex George marked World Suicide Day in a poignant Instagram post on Friday. 

The Welsh physician, 30, penned an emotive message alongside a simple image of a blue heart that had the words ‘Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength’ inside it.  

Dr Alex described the day as ‘really triggering’ for him, after his brother Llŷr took his own life aged 19 last July. 

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‘I want to remind you that you are not alone’: Dr Alex George poignantly marked World Suicide Prevention Day on Instagram on Friday after his brother Llŷr took his own life aged 19 (the brother pictured above)

The entire caption read: ‘Today is really triggering for me, what gets me through is the hope that it’s a chance to reach those who are silently suffering. On World Suicide Prevention Day I want to remind you that you are not alone. 

‘This year especially, has been so hard and there is absolutely no shame in asking for help. You are loved. People care. Don’t struggle alone. There is always hope for a better day. @samaritanscharity 116 123.’

Llŷr died weeks before he was due to start medical school – and since the heartbreaking news, Dr Alex, who rose to prominence on Love Island in 2018, has gone on to become the UK Youth Mental Health Ambassador within the Department for Education.

Poignant day: The Welsh physician, 30, penned an emotive message alongside a simple image of a blue heart that had the words ‘Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength’ inside it

The influential figure also took to his Instagram story to mark the day and pleaded with those that might be struggling to ‘not give up’. 

Speaking to the camera, he said: ‘Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and just a message for me that if you’re listening to this, and you’re struggling, and you feel alone – you’re not alone.

‘Please don’t give up. Call Samaritans, speak to someone, get support. There’s always hope for a better day.’ 

Making a difference: Llŷr died weeks before he was due to start medical school – and since the heartbreaking news, Dr Alex, who rose to prominence on Love Island in 2018, has gone on to become the UK Youth Mental Health Ambassador within the Department for Education

Speaking out: The influential figure also took to his Instagram story to mark the day and pleaded with those that might be struggling to ‘not give up’

In July, Dr Alex paid tribute to his brother one year on from his death.   

He wrote: ‘I can’t believe it’s been a year. Some days I really can’t accept or understand that you are not here. We miss you so much Llŷr.   

‘You give me so much strength, even when times are tough and it would be easy to give up.

‘Mum, Dad and Elliott are doing ok, they miss you so much too. I would do anything to go out for a spin in the car with you again. Love you x’

If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or click here.

Honouring his brother: In July, Dr Alex paid tribute to Llŷr one year on from his death