Dr Alex George has bravely revealed he is taking medication to treat his anxiety.

In a candid post shared to his Instagram on Saturday 27 November, the former Love Island star, who recently shared a snap of the final time his family was "whole" after the death of his brother, shared an image of the pill he takes in his hand.

The 30 year old went on to reveal how he didn't take medication "for years" due to the fear of being judged but was now "proud" to be treating his anxiety.

"I have been thinking quite hard about whether to post this, but I feel it's the right thing to do. So many people live with medication stigma everyday, a fear that they will be judged as being weak or discriminated against, simply for taking a pill to help with their mental health," he began.

Alex continued: "The other day, I did a poll on my stories, and 75% of you have faced medication stigma. That is so sad.

"I take medication, alongside therapy and self-care, to help with my anxiety. I really needed this treatment but for years I didn't access it, on reflection I was worried about what people would think."

Alex explained that now he is "not ashamed" and is "proud to take control of his own health".

"This does not make me weak or less able, it makes me stronger," he added.

Alex asked: "How many people are not getting the treatments they need AND deserve because of this very stigma? This HAS to change.

"This post is not about saying medication is the 'answer' for everyone, rather to say that for those who need it should have access without barriers or shame.

"If you feel you can, join me with #postyourpill to take a stand against medication stigma."

Sure enough, his followers also shared their experiences with taking medication for their mental health and feeling better as a result.

Taking to Instagram, Alex admitted he couldn't believe how much momentum his post gained.

"In some ways I can. I think it's something that most of us can relate to, that stigma around not just mental health but taking medications to help it, or therapy. And I just don't want people to feel that way," the NHS doctor said.

"You know I felt stigmatised in the past, and worried that if I did talk about then people would think badly of me or think that you're not as strong.

"'And it's rubbish, and I really have been reflecting on that recently and think well actually it's a huge strength."

He added: "I think it's a brave decision to take control of your own health and actually just makes you stronger."

If you, or anyone you know is struggling, Samaritans are available, day or night, 365 days a year. Call them free on 116 123, email them at [email protected], or visit samaritans.org to find your nearest branch.

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