Dr Alex George shared his joy after the government approved £ 79million for youth mental health.
The former Love Island star, 30, shared a snap on Instagram on Friday, which saw him beam with a smile as he stood next to Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
And while celebrating the good news and saying he was so happy ‘he could cry’, Alex also told fans that ‘the work doesn’t stop there, it’s just the start’.
Good news: Dr Alex George shared his joy after the government approved £ 79million for youth mental health (pictured with Prime Minister Boris Johnson)
In the tap, Alex, who has campaigned for more mental health provisions since he tragically lost his brother Ll tor to suicide last July, and the PM looked jubilant as the doctor waved a sign showing £ 79million.
Alongside a beaming Alex, Boris showed his pleasure in the decision by making a big thumbs-up gesture with both hands.
Alex wrote: “THIS IS A HUGE MOMENT !! I am very happy to announce that the government has approved £ 79million for YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH!
“ I might actually cry, I insisted on it so much, but it couldn’t have happened without the incredible work of everyone involved.
“ I could really cry! : Former Love Islander, 30, told fans it was ‘just the start’ as he took to Instagram to mark the announcement
“ It has been an effort of the team, including amazing people such as Claire Murdoch CBE (one of my heroes), Professor Prathiba Chitsabesan as well as the many great charities, organizations and experts involved.
“Special thanks to the students, parents and teachers who made us all stop and listen. You are incredible.’
Alex then continued that there was still work to be done and gave subscribers an idea of what the money will be spent on.
He said: ‘Of course it’s only one piece of the puzzle, but my god is a step in the right direction.
Grateful: Alex made sure to thank everyone who worked on the fundraising and said ‘Can’t believe we were successful in making this happen’ in multiple Instagram Stories posts
Praise: Alex was appointed government ambassador for youth mental health in February following the tragic death of his younger brother
“This funding will accelerate the deployment of school mental health support teams and give our incredible child and youth mental health service a much-needed boost in funding.”
“There will also be an increase in the capacity of services for eating disorders. Thank you to everyone who works in mental health, you are rockstars to me.
“ When I started this journey I dreamed that we might be able to give youth mental health the attention it deserved, I am so happy that we are taking positive steps in the right direction. The work doesn’t stop there, it’s just the beginning.
The £ 79million to help young people after the pandemic is part of a £ 500million fund for mental health services, according to the BBC.
Alex became the government ambassador for youth mental health following the tragic suicide of his younger brother Llŷr in 2020 at the age of just 19.
In a candid interview for G2 in The Guardian last month, Dr Alex admitted that throwing in to work had helped him cope with his brother’s passing, as he still found it ‘difficult’ when he was actually stop to think about it.
He said: ‘I see grief as a little black box in my head. This box is still in the house. You are not focused on it, but it is still there.
The star admitted he had his own issues with depression while living away from home in college, saying he gradually isolated himself from others and stopped dating until his family intervened. .
After some advice from his parents, Dr Alex said he started exercising and started eating well and within a month his mental health started to deteriorate. to improve.
The star said that due to his work on the NHS frontline during the Covid pandemic he had become ‘normalized’ by the sight of death, but he was still energized in his promotion of mental health awareness.
After meeting with Boris Johnson, the star was named the government’s youth mental health ambassador.
Siblings: Dr Alex paid tribute to his late brother Llŷr for what would be his 20th birthday on Instagram on Friday (pictured together at Alex’s graduation ceremony when Llr was 14)
And in a recent interview with MailOnline, Dr Alex said he was ‘overwhelmed’ by the outpouring of support after initially fearing the public backlash – and was even praised by healthy food activist Jamie. Oliver, 45 years old.
Speaking of his parents ‘reaction, he said:’ They are very proud. We’re never going to get over what happened with my brother. To have something positive coming out of it is amazing. It really, really is.
“They’re just really proud that I can do something positive. This is not a publicity stunt – I actually want to make some changes. The pressure is now on.
“ I had no idea how people were going to react, obviously there are people who have several letters after their name and I’m just someone who wants to help and it sounds cliché but I just want to be able to do my part.
“ But I had huge support from the doctors in the area, from the experts, from the students and teachers, from the general public. Jamie Oliver congratulated me; it’s just amazing.
If you have been touched by this story, the Samaritans can be contacted at 116 123
Inspiring: Alex praised for continuing to work tirelessly on the NHS frontline during the Covid pandemic