Love Island FINALLY gets a 2021 date

Love Island FINALLY gets a 2021 date

Love Island FINALLY gets a 2021 date

The popular reality TV show Love Island has been confirmed to start on June 28 with ITV outlining new protocols to protect Islanders’ mental health. 

Love Island has not aired since February 2020 after both the summer 2020 and winter 2021 shows were cancelled due to the pandemic. 

It was revealed on Wednesday that the new ITV2 show has enlisted another clinical psychologist ahead of the new series. 

The new duty of care protocols from the show will support Islanders before, during after filming. 

Love Islanders who died

It comes after Love Island previously addressed their duty of care after two islanders; Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, and host Caroline Flack, tragically committed suicide within a period of 20 months.  

The two medical professionals will independently review and evolve the duty of care measures ITV currently has in place.

The show also has other measures in place including training for contestants with social media, handling potential negativity, financial management and taking on management. 

Duty of care protocols

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.

Aftercare 

  • 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.

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