‘Love Island’: Contestants Receive a ‘Support Package’ That Includes Financial Management

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Love Island is one of the most successful reality series of all time. Much of the premise of the show is familiar to audiences. 10 singles are invited to spend their summer in a villa for several weeks and have to couple up. As the weeks go by, the islanders face elimination and are at risk of being sent away from the island. Other islanders join the contestants over time in an attempt to break up the love connections. Sometimes the contestants find love, but other times all the islanders do is fight. The series is characterized by constant pairing and unpairing until one couple wins a cash prize. Additionally, the show has been criticized for practices that negatively affect mental health, which has prompted the new addition of a support package for contestants.

‘Love Island’ and suicide

Caroline Flack speaking during 'Love Island Live' at the ICC Auditorium in London, England

Caroline Flack during ‘Love Island Live’ | Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

Despite its immense success, Love Island has come under scrutiny in the public eye over the past years after two contestants and a host took their own lives, as reported by Gulf News. Caroline Flack’s death at 40 left fans reeling. Flack was the host of the show until 2019.  Other former contestants, Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, died by suicide. These deaths have raised the alarm for the producers of Love Island to identify and deal with mental health issues that arise due to the celebrity spotlight.



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