As part of the ITV2 show’s duty of care protocols, contestants on Love Island must be taught how to deal with the “potential negativity” of social media.
The training is part of a revised series of welfare measures published ahead of the show’s upcoming seventh series.
Participants receive “comprehensive” psychological support – an upgrade from the “enhanced” support previously offered.
ITV said the measures were regularly reviewed and “evolved in line with the show’s increasing popularity”.
It said “the level of social media and media coverage around the islanders” was also a factor in how the protocols developed.
The impact of fame on the mental health of participants and the aftercare that is provided to them has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years.
The suicides of former participants Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis in 2018 and 2019 respectively raised questions about how and how well participants are being helped.
As before, the 2021 islanders will be offered a minimum of eight therapy sessions when they return from their time at the show’s villa.
Advice is also given on financial matters and adaptation to home life, along with 14 months of “proactive contact”.
Prior to filming, participants will receive “detailed explanations, both oral and written, of the consequences, both positive and negative, of participating in the series”.
A registered mental health professional will be engaged throughout the series, while an independent physician and psychological counselor will provide “thorough psychological and medical assessments prior to filming.
” According to ITV, potential islanders are required to fully disclose “any medical history that would be relevant to their inclusion in the villa and the production’s ability to provide a suitable environment for them”.
“The cast are being told to consider all possible implications of joining the show and go through this decision-making process in consultation with their families and those closest to them to make sure they feel it’s right for them.” is,” the broadcaster said. .
Fundraising drive ITV confirmed in March that Love Island would be back on screen this summer, nearly 18 months since it was last on air. That series was hosted by Laura Whitmore, who hosted the show when her predecessor Caroline Flack committed suicide in February 2020.
Paige Turley and Finley Tapp were crowned winners of that winter series, which was shot in Cape Town. Previous summer series have been filmed in Mallorca, but Jersey has reportedly been lined up this year as a possible backup.
Last weekend, Olly Murs and other friends of Flack took part in a hike through the Lake District to raise money in memory of the late presenter. “I’m exhausted but I’m doing this for Caz,” said Murs, who worked alongside Flack on ITV’s The X Factor.