Dr Alex George says he’s taking medication for anxiety and calls to end ‘stigma’

Dr Alex George is known for his advocacy for improving how we treat mental health conditions
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The star's powerful post on Saturday inspired a #postyourpill trend on Instagram

The star – who sadly lost his younger brother to suicide last year – shared a snap of a pill he takes daily with his two million Instagram followers.

Captioning the image, he powerfully wrote: "I have been thinking quite hard about whether to post this, but I feel it’s the right thing to do.

So many people live with medication stigma everyday, a fear that they will be judged as being weak or discriminated against, simply for taking a pill to help with their mental health."

He continued: "The other day I did a pole on my stories and 75% of you have faced medication stigma. That is so sad.

The former Love Island star is now the UK’s Youth Mental Health Ambassador
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"I take medication, alongside therapy and self care, to help with my anxiety. I really needed this treatment but for years I didn’t access it, on reflection I was worried about what people would think.

I can tell you now, I am not ashamed. I AM PROUD to take control of my own health. This does not make me weak or less able, it makes me stronger."

Alex, who rose to fame during the 2018 series of the ITV2 dating show, then went on to write about how important it is to abolish the stigma and ensure everyone can have access to medication "without barriers or shame".

It's been 16 months since the star lost his younger brother to suicide

He then invited his followers to join him in taking a "stand against medication stigma", by also sharing a snap of their prescription pills and using the hashtag #postyourpill.

Alex's post prompted many Instagram users to do just that, with an important conversation about how we treat poor mental health beginning.

Taking to his Instagram Story as the trend gained momentum, the star's admitted he couldn't believe how much his post had taken off.

Dr Alex with his late brother Llyr, who was just 19 when he died
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The doctor uses his platform and influence for good since rising to fame in 2018

"In some ways I can. I think it's something that most of us can relate to, that stigma around not just mental health but taking medications to help it, or therapy. And I just don't want people to feel that way," the medical professional admitted.

"You know I felt stigmatised in the past, and worried that if I did talk about then people would think badly of me or think that you're not as strong.

"'And it's rubbish and I really have been reflecting on that recently and think well actually it's a huge strength."

He added: "I think it's a brave decision to take control of your own health and actually just makes you stronger."

Alex has been a passiionate advocate for mental health following the death of his 19-year-old brother Llyr in July 2020.

He has previously said he plans to achieve a lasting legacy for better mental health services in the UK in memory of his brother who took his own life.

*If you're struggling and need to talk, the Samaritans operate a free helpline open 24/7 on 116 123. Alternatively, you can email jo@samaritans.org or visit their site to find your local branch