The producers of ITV’s standard however troubled collection “Love Island” on Wednesday launched a set of “obligation of care” protocols forward of the present’s extremely anticipated seventh season, which launches June 28.
The measures embrace welfare plans “to assist individuals earlier than, throughout and after filming.”
The weird step of detailing the protocols follows in depth dialogue of the present’s obligation of care in direction of its contestants after being rocked by three suicides, together with that of its host Caroline Flack, inside 24 months.
Season 2 contestant Sophie Gradon died by suicide in June 2018. The next March, Mike Thalassitis, who appeared on season 3 of the present, additionally died by suicide. In February 2020, the present’s longtime host Caroline Flack died by suicide whereas awaiting trial on assault fees after allegedly attacking her boyfriend.
ITV’s new protocols embrace steering on pre-filming, filming and “aftercare”, together with:
- Assessments by docs, psychologists and contestants’ personal basic practitioners
- Social media coaching, monetary recommendation and “adjusting to life again house”
- 8 remedy periods after conclusion of the season
ITV had beforehand employed two docs, former chief medical officer Dr Paul Litchfield and guide chartered medical psychologist Dr. Matthew Gould to evaluate and replace its welfare procedures.
“Society’s appreciation of the significance of psychological well being and wellbeing has grown enormously in recent times and the pandemic has introduced that into even sharper focus,” mentioned Dr. Litchfield. “Decreasing the chance of hurt, the place attainable, is an crucial however selling good psychological well being can be obligatory. ITV’s evolving dedication to those points, backed up by tangible motion, is an instance to others within the business and past.”