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Oliva Buckland Defends Love Island After Care Following Mike's Death

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09:40 19 Mar 2019

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Oliva Buckland

Oliva Buckland has been discussing her mental health in the press this week.

The ex-Islander said Love Island producers really looked after her outside the villa.


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True gent. Never forgotten. Forever loved. I’m so sorry. Words fail me. ❤️

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Speaking to the Mail Online she said, 'I was in constant contact with the producers for a very long time. I got offered psychological tests when I got out. I got offered counselling when I got out. I got a list of agencies.'

'Honestly, they really did look after me, and Alex. They always checked in with us, and I'm still good friends with them now. They checked in with me about the wedding.


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Happy 6 months as Mr & Mrs Bowen. ✨💕

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'In my personal opinion, in my experience, I can't say that there is anymore that could have been done for me. But, I did come out with Alex next to me, so that was also a massive support.'

Mike Thalassitis

The topic of Love Island after care was raised in the wake of Mike Thalassitis' death on Friday.

The body of 26-year-old was found near his Essex home.

A number of Love Island cast members took to social media to express concerns at the support they received after the show.

Jack Fowler said, 'I feel like once you're off the TV screen then the support network isn't what it should be.'

Dom Lever said, 'You don’t get any support unless you’re number one.'

Malin Andersson tweeted, 'WAKE UP @LoveIsland.'

Other reality stars have been weighing in on the issue too.

Lauryn Goodman said, 'TOO many are dying from reality shows'

ITV2 Statement

ITV2 released two statements following Mike's death.

Initially they said, “Everyone at ITV2 and Love Island are shocked and saddened by this terrible news.”

“Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Mike’s family and friends at this very sad time.”

However, following the social media backlash around mental health after care they replied, “Care for our Islanders is a process the show takes very seriously and is a continuous process for all those taking part in the show."

"We ensure that all of our contributors are able to access psychological support before, during and after appearing on the show. The programme will always provide ongoing support when needed and where appropriate."

“We also discuss at length with all of our Islanders, before and after the show, how their lives might change and they have access to support and advice to help with this,” the statement today read."

Mike is the second Love Island contestant to have died in recent months.

Sophie Gradon was found dead in her home in June 2018.

Five days after her funeral her boyfriend Aaron Armstrong was also found dead in a Northumberland property.

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