March Featured Speaker 2021: Dr Alex George – The UK’s Mental Health Ambassador
Dr Alex George stole the nation’s heart on Love Island, but it is his current campaigning for better mental health support that has made the biggest impact. Since being appointed Ambassador for Mental Health in February 2021, he has held powerful discussions with the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, on what the Government can do to support the public’s emotional wellbeing.
An empowering mental health speaker, Dr Alex educates audiences on the importance of mental health, as well as how to care for their own and other people’s wellbeing. This topic is especially important in the workplace, where the high-pressure, fast-paced environment can increase employee’s stress.
Find out more about the speaking engagements that Dr Alex has to offer in this post.
Dr Alex George’s Previous Events
We have had the privilege of working with Dr Alex on a wide range of campaigns and events, focusing on mental health and healthcare. Explore just three of the many bookings we have made with Dr Alex, and the insightful topics he can discuss.
University of Surrey
Theme: Mental Health & Social Media Discussion Panel
Date: March 2020
We booked Dr Alex for an event organised by the University of Surrey before the UK entered its first national lockdown in March. On the panel, he discussed the importance of mental health support and the potentially damaging impact of social media, from his own experience following Love Island. Attendees came away empowered to advocate for their own mental wellbeing.
Theme: Covid-19 Pandemic & Social Safety
Date: July 2020
As Covid-19 restrictions relaxed in the summer, pubs and bars were allowed to reopen. To ensure the public knew exactly how to enjoy the sunshine safely, we partnered with the Cabinet Office for a social media and press campaign featuring Dr Alex. In his video, he showed viewers the dos and don’ts of our “new normal”, alongside pub owner Merlin Griffiths.
Theme: International Men’s Day
Date: November 2020
Mental health has been described as the secret killer among men, as it is one of the leading causes of death for the male population, especially those aged 18 to 45. In response to such an epidemic, we booked Dr Alex for a guest speaking role at Sky’s International Men’s Day event.
As part of the line-up, he discussed why men are less likely to talk about their mental health and the value of open discussion on the road to recovery.
Who is Dr Alex George?
From the Love Island villa to A&E and now the British Government, who is the social media star, Alex George?
Love Island Success
Having spent over 50 days in the iconic Love Island villa, Dr Alex left the show with millions of newfound fans. He has since become one of the most high-profile former contestants, due to his honest account of counselling and body image issues following his Love Island experience.
The key to Dr Alex’s popularity on the show was his authenticity and likeable nature, which won over viewers and earned him global respect.
Following a degree in Medicine from the University of Exeter, Dr Alex worked at the University Hospital Lewisham in Emergency Medicine. He worked tirelessly on the frontlines of the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic, while also taking part in live interviews to discuss the importance of social distancing and staying positive.
In 2019, Dr Alex launched his immensely popular podcast, The Waiting Room, for which he interviews healthcare professionals and wellbeing experts. Dr Alex has since spearheaded a mental health campaign for children and adolescents, where he encouraged the government to prioritise emotional support for young people.
UK Youth Mental Health Ambassador
In 2021, Dr Alex announced that he was the new Youth Mental Health Ambassador for the Department of Education, following a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The appointment coincided with Children’s Mental Health Week, to recognise the importance of wellbeing in the younger generation.
Dr Alex is also a member of the Mental Health in Education Action Group, a testament to his unwavering commitment. Having harnessed the success of his Love Island appearance, Dr Alex is using his online popularity to reach a vast audience of people and spread his powerful message of mental health education.