The suicide prevention minister calls for protection for reality TV stars

TV bosses face questions about how to protect their reality TV stars in the wake of Caroline Flack’s tragic death

  • Nadine Dorries will examine the measures that the entertainment industry could implement
  • Hope to help stars suffer from “psychological effects of reputational damage”
  • Miss Flack was the fourth person with connections to the show to commit suicide

The TV bosses faced an investigation last night on how to protect their troubled stars following the death of Caroline Flack.

Nadine Dorries, minister for suicide prevention and mental health, will examine what potential measures could be applied by the entertainment industry to help celebrities who suffer from the “psychological effect of reputational damage”.

He said the death of the “beautiful and talented” Miss Flack “has shaken the country in a way that the death of other public figures does not have.”

Nadine Dorries (pictured), minister for suicide prevention and mental health, will examine what potential measures the entertainment industry could apply to help celebrities who suffer from the “psychological effect of reputational damage”

Miss Dorries said she hoped the probe would establish “an awareness of how words really cost lives” and will show that responsibility for preventing suicide “belongs to each of us.”

The minister has promised government funding for the move and will invite heads of TV, the press and social media to discuss the issue.

There will also be psychiatrists specialized in suicide prevention and representatives of Ofcom, the transmission regulator.

Miss Dorries said: “I have decided that it is time for us to investigate the psychological effect of reputational damage and the measures that the entertainment industry can put in place to protect those who fall due to fame and success. victim of loss and pain in a way that can lead to a catastrophic and tragic outcome. ”

He expressed hope that the discussion could lead to a reduction in the number of people who commit suicide.

“We all have a responsibility to protect people,” said Miss Dorries.

‘There is no sense in a law that imposes on the media if production companies, online platforms and us in society do not play our role. I hope it is the first step towards awareness of how words really cost life. “

Caroline Flack, 40 (pictured) who had suffered from depression and panic attacks, was found dead at her London home last Saturday

Caroline Flack, 40 (pictured) who had suffered from depression and panic attacks, was found dead at her London home last Saturday

Sophie Gradon

Mike Thalassitis

Miss Flack was the fourth person with connections to the show to commit suicide. Contestants Sophie Gradon, 32, and Mike Thalassitis, 26, committed suicide after appearing on the show.

Miss Flack, who had suffered from depression and panic attacks, was found dead at her London home last Saturday.

The former 40-year-old presenter of Love Island had just learned that her assault trial would go on, despite her boyfriend Lewis Burton, 27, telling prosecutors that she hadn’t suffered any significant injuries and didn’t want her to be charged.

Its leaders accused the Crown Prosecution Service of pushing for a “trial”, saying it exerted enormous pressure on the fragile star.

Miss Dorries’ plans for an investigation come after a series of senior MPs have expressed concern about the duty of diligence on reality TV.

Earlier this week, Love Island returned to the screens after a two-day hiatus out of respect for its former presenter.

The ITV2 show contained details during the commercial breaks on how to contact the Samaritan mental health beneficiaries.

Miss Flack was the fourth person with connections to the show to commit suicide.

Contestants Sophie Gradon, 32, and Mike Thalassitis, 26, committed suicide after appearing on the show.

Miss Gradon’s boyfriend, Aaron Armstrong, 25, took his own life weeks after his death.

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