“Grief is a difficult thing as well. There’s a lot of people grieving in the country right now, whether it’s because of the pandemic or something else.
“Please look after yourselves and reach out and ask for help as well,” he urged viewers, “There’s no shame in it at all.”
Alex admitted that going back to work in the hospital has helped him deal with the loss: “I love working in A&E and my family and the NHS have been incredible.
“The hospital’s been so kind to me and have let me come back in a way that I could take my time and build up. It’s been really helpful.”
“In some ways, I feel like I’m treating these patients even more so. It’s more important than ever to me that we tackle mental health and do it in the right way. So going back has helped hugely.”
On dealing with the “ups and downs” of grieving, Alex said: “I realised that I have a responsibility to my family. I have a brother still that need me.
“My parents still need me. I feel a responsibility to the followers I have on Instagram and the support I’ve had over the years.
“If I don’t take this on now… It’s so important that I really do something positive. I’m so grateful actually. You know social media gets a lot of negative rep. But people have reached out and showed a lot of kindness.”
Sharing a powerful message on Instagram following his appearance on the show, Alex wrote: “Today was so so hard and not something I ever thought I would have to face.
“I miss Llŷr so much ❤️ I want to say how grateful I am for all of your support and kindness throughout this time and a huge thank you to @lorraine and the team for being so supportive.
“Now it’s time we make real change in how we approach mental health. I want to see a ‘mental health toolkit’ created for schools and universities.
“My goal is that teaching on mental wellbeing, self care and what to do when you are struggling, is taught from the very beginning. I need your help and support to make this a reality. It won’t be easy but we can do it together???? Who’s with me?”
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