Boris Johnson Appoints Dr Alex George As Youth Mental Health Ambassador
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Boris Johnson has appointed Dr Alex George as a Mental Health Ambassador to advise the government.
The 29-year-old former Love Island contestant’s role will see him focus on youth mental health - a subject close to his heart since the tragic death of his younger brother, Llŷr, to suicide last year.
Speaking to LADbible, Dr Alex - who will continue to work as an A&E doctor - said this was 'the biggest moment' of his life and he would be doing it in memory of 19-year-old Llŷr.
He said: "Losing my brother has been hard and I feel like, obviously nothing brings him back, but in some way it means I can actually do something positive in his name which is really important for me and my family. I feel proud, privileged and honoured.
"This is for him and I always say we do it together, we're going through this together and I feel like he's with me in some way in this and whatever I achieve, it's with him. It feels very important to me and definitely to my family as well.”
The role will see Alex use both his clinical and personal experience to help shape policy on improving support for young people in schools, colleges and universities.
His advice will be used to inform the tools and support teachers will need in order to provide high-quality advice and care to their students, and to look at what more could be done to ensure the mental health curriculum meets the standard children need.
Speaking about the role, Alex said: “The last year has been unimaginably difficult for all of us, but particularly for young people who have sacrificed so much. I am honoured to be appointed for this role where I’ll be working closely with government to make mental health an absolute priority and hope to have a positive impact on the lives of young people and their education for good.
“Right now young people need a voice in government, and I hope that through this role I can advocate for meaningful change in this area.”
Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, spoke about how important the position would be, saying: "Children and young people have heroically adapted to save lives and protect our NHS.
"This has understandably had a huge impact on their mental health, so I want to shine a spotlight on this vital issue ahead of their return to school. I'm delighted that Dr. Alex George will be working with us as we do everything in our power to improve people's mental wellbeing."
Alex will take up the unpaid post immediately, working within the Department for Education - although Downing Street said he will remain independent of government.
He will also sit on the new Mental Health in Education Action Group – chaired by the children’s minister Vicky Ford and universities minister Michelle Donelan.
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