Love Island alum Montana Brown has disclosed her co-star and friend, Mike Thalassitis’ heart-wrenching ‘last text’ before he committed suicide.
The footballer and reality star took his own life in March 2019 at the age of 26 following a battle with depression, as he was found hanged in a park in Enfield, north London.
An inquest concluded he died by suicide after cocaine and alcohol use.
Devastating: Love Island alum Montana Brown has disclosed her co-star and friend, Mike Thalassitis’ heart-wrenching ‘last text’ before he committed suicide
The day after his passing, his close friend Montana, 25, visited his parents’ home with his nearest and dearest, and one of his pals revealed the final text message he received just hours before Mike took his own life.
Speaking to The Sun, she revealed the contents of the text and said: ‘He sent his friend a message saying, “Mate, I don’t think I’m going to see you any more. I don’t think I’m going to see you ever again.”
‘And his friend did not understand – and why would you? It’s not your everyday thing that someone messages you something like that.’
Montana built a close friendship with Mike after they met on the 2017 series of Love Island and would spend hours speaking to him on the phone.
Tragic: The footballer and reality star took his own life in March 2019 at the age of 26 following a battle with depression, as he was found hanged in a park in Enfield, north London (pictured in 2018)
A few days before his death, she received a call from Mike, which looking back, she believes was his way of saying ‘goodbye’.
She reflected on the Take Flight podcast: ‘A few days before he died… he said something like, “I’m really really grateful that you introduced me to this book [The Magic].
‘”I just really appreciate you and, like, you’ve really helped me kind of get out of this like headspace and I just can’t thank you enough and I love you to bits.”
‘On reflection, I do think that was him saying goodbye, because I was on the phone for just under an hour and a lot of it kind of revolved around him being grateful and him saying thank you. In hindsight it definitely was him saying goodbye.’
Friends: The day after his passing, his close friend Montana, 25, visited his parents’ home with his nearest and dearest, and one of his pals revealed the final text message he received just hours before Mike took his own life (pictured right with Jonny Mitchell)
Heartbroken: Speaking to The Sun , she said: ‘He sent his friend a message saying, “Mate, I don’t think I’m going to see you any more. I don’t think I’m going to see you ever again”
She added: ‘I think that there were so many signs to the lead up of him passing away… huge signs that potentially people did not look into because I don’t think men are that aware of mental health.
‘He wanted to feel numb because he just didn’t want to be thinking all of the awful things he was thinking and be left alone with his own mind.’
Former Love Island star Laura Anderson offered her advice to new contestants joining the upcoming series earlier on Wednesday.
Speaking on This Morning, the Scottish beauty, 32, urged islanders to ‘be kind to each other’ when in the villa as they’ll go through ‘a lot of emotions’ while on the show.
Words of wisdom: Former Love Island star Laura Anderson offered her advice to new contestants joining the upcoming series earlier on Wednesday
Her words come as the start date for the new series was finally confirmed, with the ITV2 show heading back to screens on June 28th.
Laura, speaking from the home she shares with beau Dane Bowers in Dubai, was joined on the show by fellow Love Island stars Amy Hart and Marcel Somerville, who shared their experiences on how the show had impacted their life.
Offering her words of wisdom for those heading to the Mallorcan abode, Laura advised that they should look after one another as they won’t have their usual ‘support network’ nearby.
She explained: ‘I think people just need to be kind to each other.
Message: Speaking on This Morning, the Scottish beauty, 32, urged islanders to ‘be kind to each other’ when in the villa as they’ll go through ‘a lot of emotions’ while on the show (pictured the 2018 cast)
‘You know, you go through a lot of emotions in there and having sort of a shoulder to cry on, it honestly just means the world because you don’t have your usual support network.’
The former air hostess also added that they should have ‘fun’ in the villa as not everyone has the opportunity to star on the show.
She went on: ‘And just have fun, it’s like a once in a lifetime opportunity. They’ll be great. I can’t wait to watch it.’
Love Island has not aired since February 2020 after both the summer 2020 and winter 2021 editions were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It was revealed on Wednesday that the ITV2 dating show has enlisted another clinical psychologist ahead of the new series.
ITV listed the show’s new duty of care protocols in a statement, which will support Islanders before, during and after filming.
It comes after Love Island previously addressed their duty of care after two islanders; Sophie Gradon and Mike, and host Caroline Flack, tragically died by suicide within a period of 20 months.
The protocols are in line with the show’s last series but will also now feature another clinical psychologist, Dr Matthew Gould, who joined ITV last year and will work with Dr Litchfield, an external advisor to the business.
Important: It comes after it was revealed that the ITV2 dating show has enlisted another clinical psychologist ahead of the new series launch (the 2019 line-up pictured)
The two medical professionals will continue to independently review and evolve the duty of care measures ITV currently has in place.
The current and full duty of care process sees comprehensive psychological support, detailed conversations with Islanders regarding the impact of participation on the show and a proactive aftercare package which offers support.
Other measures in place include training for contestants with social media, handling potential negativity, financial management and taking on management.
The duty of care process will regularly be reviewed and evolve in line with the increasing popularity of the show.
Stringent measures: It comes after Love Island previously addressed their duty of care after two islanders; Sophie Gradon and Mike (pictured), and host Caroline Flack, tragically died by suicide within a period of 20 months
Heartbreaking: Sophie, 32, took her own life back in June 2018 after appearing on season two of the show. Her heartbroken boyfriend, Aaron Armstrong, 25, took his own life 20 days later
Talking about the processes in place, Dr Matthew Gould said: ‘Duty of care is not a static goal. It evolves with public expectation, legislation, and with the commercial development of the programme format in order to maintain creativity.
‘Effective delivery of care is an exercise in collaboration especially between health professionals, programme participants and producers. Also, it can be especially influenced by senior leaders within an organisation.
‘My appointment last year in a new role to broaden the duty of care effort is testament to the seriousness which ITV gives this subject.’
Devastating: In February 2020, the host of Love Island, Caroline, was found dead at her home after taking her own life, a day after hearing the Crown Prosecution Service would go ahead with a trial for allegedly attacking her boyfriend Lewis Burton in 2019
While Dr Paul Litchfield added: ‘Society’s appreciation of the importance of mental health and wellbeing has grown enormously in recent years and the pandemic has brought that into even sharper focus.
‘Reducing the risk of harm, where possible, is an imperative but promoting good mental health is also necessary. ITV’s evolving commitment to these issues, backed up by tangible action, is an example to others in the industry and beyond.’
ITV’s guidelines and policies are fully compliant with Ofcom’s Broadcasting Code to protect the welfare of those participating in TV programmes, including those amendments which came into effect in April 2021.
Love Island duty of care protocols in full – ahead of 2021 series
Pre-filming and filming
- Registered mental health professional engaged throughout the whole series – from pre-filming to aftercare.
- Thorough pre-filming psychological and medical assessments including assessments by an independent doctor, psychological consultant and reports from each Islander’s own GP to check medical history.
- Potential Islanders are required to fully disclose any medical history that would be relevant to their inclusion in the villa and the production’s ability to provide a suitable environment for them.
- Managing cast expectations: detailed explanations both verbally and in writing of the implications, both positive and negative, of taking part in the series are given to potential cast members throughout the casting process and reinforced within the contract so it is clear.
- Cast are told they should consider all the potential implications of taking part in the show and work through this decision-making process in consultation with their family and those closest to them, to ensure they feel it is right for them.
- Senior Team on the ground have received training in Mental Health First Aid.
- A welfare team solely dedicated to the Islanders both during the show and after.
- Bespoke training on dealing with social media and advice on finance and adjusting to life back home.
- A minimum of eight therapy sessions will be offered to each Islander when they return home.
- Proactive contact with Islanders for a period of 14 months after the series in which they have appeared has ended, with additional help provided where applicable.
- We encourage Islanders to secure management to represent them after the show and manage them should they choose to take part in other TV shows, advertising campaigns or other public appearance opportunities.