Alex George leaves medicine and explains incredibly difficult decision to quit A&E
Dr Alex George has revealed the reasons behind his decision to leave A&E, stating his "purpose has changed".
And the former Love Island star followed up with a video in which he elaborated on his decision to switch paths, stating that "something had to give".
Addressing his reasons to leave A&E, told his Instagram followers said he was struggling to manage all of his commitments and admitted it "wasn't an easy decision" but he felt he was approaching burnout.
Dr Alex, 31, has been a passionate campaigner for mental health since losing his own brother Llŷr to suicide in July 2020.
"I love being an A&E doctor. It's something that I trained all my life to be," he said.
"But I basically got to the point where I was burning out."
In February 2021, Dr Alex was appointed Youth Mental Health Ambassador by the UK Government.
In a video announcing the role, he said: "I'd taken on the role as Youth Mental Health Ambassador a year ago. I'd been flat out with campaigning; volunteering; making sure I was running [my] business.
"All the other things that were going on. And I was also working in A&E.
"To be honest, I was burning out – and I don't think it's very good for a Youth Mental Health Ambassador to allow themselves to burn out and not look after themselves if you're promoting good health."
Followers on Instagram shared their support for Dr Alex, with one saying: "You are so amazing I'm sure your hospital and colleagues are going to miss you so much! Good luck on your next venture."
And another said: "Mental health advocacy is a true calling, one I know well! Welcome to the club full-time."
Dr Alex also shared the exciting news that he has written a children's book to help young people deal with their mental wellbeing and emotional health.
He said the book, A Better Day, will be published on September 15, adding: "I CANNOT wait for you to be able to read it!"
His younger brother Llŷr tragically took his own life when he was just 19 after struggling with mental health problems.
Dr Alex recently revealed a touching tattoo tribute on his wrist to his brother. The tattoo is Llŷr’s name in Llŷr’s own handwriting, which was taken from one of his schoolbooks.
Revealing it on Instagram, Dr Alex wrote: He captioned it: "Llŷr 'God Of The Sea'. The most beautiful name, it means so much to have it done in his handwriting.
"We will never forget you my boy x.”
In February, Alex took to Instagram to pen a moving message on what would have been his brother's 21st birthday.
Alex wrote, "It’s Llŷr’s 21st birthday today. Over the last year I have spoken a lot about how hard losing him has been, I am sad though that I haven’t talked more about the person he was.
"Let me tell you a little about him. Llŷr was kind, sensitive, funny, loved his cars, and was a great brother and son. He was exceptionally clever and a great sportsman. We used to speak for hours about the latest cars and what our dream one would be.
If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.
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