Dr Alex George captured a selfie in the Emergency Department at hospital on Friday as he confessed that ‘these times are really tough’ and ‘some days are harder than others’.
The former Love Island star, 30, tried to focus on the positives as he encouraged his followers to ‘remember the small victories’ and support each other amid the current Covid surge.
The healthcare professional has been working on the NHS frontline at University Hospital Lewisham since the start of the pandemic.
Challenges: Dr Alex George captured a selfie in the Emergency Department at hospital on Friday as he confessed ‘these times are really tough’ and ‘some days are harder than others’
While sporting clear framed glasses and a stethoscope around his neck, he said on his Instagram post: ‘YOU ARE DOING GREAT.
‘These times are really tough and it’s important to remember the small victories right now, like getting through each week. Some days are harder than others and thats ok.
‘Support each other and know that things will get better. Remember to take time for you and focus on self care. Lets get through this.’ (sic)
Alex shared another snap of his work uniform on his Instagram Story as he wrote: ‘Keep on going,’ with a fist pump emoji.
‘Keep on going’: The former Love Islander, 30, tried to focus on the positives as he encouraged his fans to ‘remember the small victories’ and support others amid the current Covid surge
He also captured sweet treats and messages he has received from others to thank him for doing his part for the country amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Earlier this week, Dr Alex credited social media for helping him grieve for his ‘talented’ brother Llŷr, who tragically passed away last July.
In a new interview, the Love Island star revealed he received ‘so much kindness from fans’ after he revealed his sibling took his own life aged 19 – an ordeal he admitted ‘destroyed my world’.
On the power of online platforms, the doctor told host Angela Scanlon on her podcast Thanks A Million: ‘I think social media sometimes gets a really, really bad rap, rightly so…
Hard at work: The healthcare professional has been working on the NHS frontline at University Hospital Lewisham since the start of the pandemic
‘But I’ve had so much kindness through social media, people reaching out to me and asking me how I’m doing or sharing in my situation. When my brother passed away in the summer, took his life by suicide, people really, really reached out for me.
‘And I think it got me through those moments. They shared things and experiences that they had and that gave me real comfort. And I felt that sometimes, even though I’m physically alone, I’m not really that alone. And that’s really helped me.
‘I’ve always been a very sensitive individual. I reflect on who I am and I’m very sensitive. I don’t think I’m particularly talented as a person. My one talent, I think in life, is that I’m emotionally intelligent.’
He added: ‘I understand people. I care about people. I empathise with people well. And that has helped me, I think, support people throughout this and given me that drive and, actually, is the reason why I do the job I do.
‘It destroyed my world’: Earlier this week, Dr Alex credited social media for helping him grieve for his ‘talented’ brother Llŷr, who tragically passed away last July
‘But also, it sometimes means that you can be very open to things really hurting and affecting you.’
The media personality recalled the moment he discovered his brother died, confessing his world ‘had been destroyed’.
Reality star Alex explained: ‘You know, what happened with my brother has been awful. Initially, I found that he passed away, I had a phone call from my dad when I was at a restaurant.
‘At the time, we could still actually go and eat with some friends. And it destroyed my world, really, you know, like it was terrible. I came home and I just had the shock of everything that had happened.
Devestating: In a new interview, the Love Island star revealed he received ‘so much kindness from fans’ after he revealed his sibling took his own life aged 19 (pictured together)
‘For me, I really felt at the time I needed to be honest and share in what happened with his mental health.
‘I’m really, really thankful, particularly as someone who has been on my own, mostly, throughout this whole pandemic… I’ve been so thankful for the support of everyone, I think it really has got me through.’
The A&E worker insisted Llŷr ‘would have done very well in life’, adding: ‘Llyr was 19. He just finished A-levels.
‘He had his place at Southampton Medical School, was due to go in a month or something. A really happy, talented boy. Good looking little lad, he would’ve done very well in life, I think.
On a mission: The healthcare professional also declared ‘there’s a long way to go’ when it comes to funding for mental health during this week’s Thanks A Million with Angela Scanlon
‘It was completely a shock for us all. I think, undoubtedly, the pandemic was too much.
‘Certainly looking at the statistics, the soaring rates of suicide in children and young adults, as well as older adults, I think the impact of the pandemic has been massive.
‘And that is why I’ve spent the last five, six months speaking to all the mental health charities, organisations, teachers, parents, students, to find out what we can do.
‘And that’s why I’m campaigning with government to try and bring change that we need to support teachers to teach about mental health… Let’s support teachers’ mental health. Let’s also look at the curriculum.
‘Let’s change the curriculum so that mental health sits alongside Maths and English and other subjects because, ultimately, how can we ask our children to learn about Maths and English if they’re unhappy, if they can’t concentrate, if they don’t feel purpose in life.
‘If you empower them and teach them and encourage them and teach them the tools to look after themselves, they’ll do so much better in their education… There’s a long way to go. That’s what I’m trying to do, is campaign.
‘I always think, how terrible is it that someone has got to the stage where taking their own life is an easier option than asking for help? Such a failure of society, really, if we’re completely honest with ourselves, that is a real shame…’
‘It has been awful’: The media personality recalled the moment he discovered his brother died, confessing his world ‘had been destroyed’