Love Island Winter 2023 Duty Of Care Announced


Trigger warning: suicide

The mental wellbeing of Love Island contestants has increasingly taken centre stage in the ITV dating show after Islanders have been subjected to trolling and criticism during and after the show has aired.

Questions about whether the show bosses were doing enough to prepare and protect their stars for reality TV fame came under fire since former Love Island and Celebs Go Dating contestant, Mike Thalassitis, took his own life in 2019.

Thalassitis is the second former Love Island contestant to die by suicide after appearing on the show. Sophie Gradon died in June 2018 – and Caroline Flack, who presented the show, tragically took her own life in 2020.  While suicide is tragically complex and impossible to pinpoint one single cause, it has raised important questions about how vulnerable the young stars who appear on Love Island are and how much support they are offered before, during and after the experience.

And now, ahead of the Love Island Winter 2023 series, ITV has published details on the show’s duty of care processes with detailed welfare plans in place to support participants before, during and after filming. 

The biggest shake-up is that contestants will be asked to pause social media activity for the duration of their time on the show. Their accounts “will remain dormant while they are in the villa, so that nothing is published on their behalf.” Show bosses believe this new protocol will help “protect both the Islanders and their families from the adverse effects of social media.”

Islanders will also receive enhanced training around behaviour in relationships, something that seems to have come to light after last year’s series saw many of the male contestants criticised by viewers for displaying controlling behaviour. In the statement, ITV says, “Ahead of entering the Villa, Islanders will also receive guidance and training around mutually respective behaviour in relationships. Participants will be offered resource links to read up on, in advance of meeting their fellow Islanders, to help them identify negative behaviours in relationships and understand the behaviour patterns associated with controlling and coercive behaviour.”

Stars will also be offered video training and guidance covering inclusive language around disability, sexuality, race and ethnicity, and microaggressions, tackling topics including inclusive language and behaviour, creating safe spaces and being a good ally. 

Prior to appearing on the show, prospective Islanders will also watch a video fronted by the show’s Executive Producer and Head of Welfare, interviewing former Islanders about their experiences on the show. This includes details on the two week period before they enter the Villa, how to cope being filmed 24/7, the interaction they will have with producers in the Villa, the support provided to family members, dealing with social media trolling, and adapting to life away from the show. 

The full duty of care process is outlined below:

Pre Filming and Filming

– Registered mental health professional engaged throughout the whole series – from pre-filming to aftercare.



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