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Dr Alex George urges people to post photos of their pills in a bid to ‘take a stand’ against stigma

Dr Alex George has candidly revealed that he takes medication in order to treat his anxiety in a brave post on Instagram on Saturday.

The former Love Island star, 30, urged his fans to follow his lead and to ‘#postyourpill’ in order to end the stigma around the use of medication to treat mental health.

He explained that he was ‘proud’ of himself for ‘taking control of his health’ and asked his followers to help him ‘take a stand’ against medication stigma.

Brave: Dr Alex George has candidly revealed that he takes medication in order to treat his anxiety in a brave post on Instagram on Saturday

The A&E doctor shared an image of his open hand holding a pill, his wave tattoo tribute to his late brother Llŷr visible on his wrist.

Alongside the powerful picture, he wrote: ‘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. 

Inspiring: The former Love Island star, 30, urged his fans to follow his lead and to '#postyourpill' in order to end the stigma around the use of medication to treat mental health

Inspiring: The former Love Island star, 30, urged his fans to follow his lead and to ‘#postyourpill’ in order to end the stigma around the use of medication to treat mental health

‘The other day I did a poll on my stories and 75% of you have faced medication stigma. That is so sad.’

He revealed: ‘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.

‘I can tell you now, I am not ashamed. I AM PROUD to take control of my own health. This does not make me weak or less able, it makes me stronger.

Proud: He explained that he was 'proud' of himself for 'taking control of his health' and asked his followers to help him 'take a stand' against medication stigma

Proud: He explained that he was ‘proud’ of himself for ‘taking control of his health’ and asked his followers to help him ‘take a stand’ against medication stigma

‘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.’

Spread far and wide: The campaign quickly took root and many people began posting photos of their medications under the hashtag #postyourpill

Spread far and wide: The campaign quickly took root and many people began posting photos of their medications under the hashtag #postyourpill

The campaign quickly took root and many people began posting photos of their medications under the hashtag #postyourpill. 

Alex later took to his Instagram Story to comment on the rise of the trend, saying: ‘I can’t believe how much momentum #postyourpill is getting. 

‘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. 

‘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.

‘I think it’s a brave decision to take control of your own health and actually just makes you stronger.’

Thankful: Alex later took to his Instagram Story to comment on the rise of the trend, saying: 'I can't believe how much momentum #postyourpill is getting

Thankful: Alex later took to his Instagram Story to comment on the rise of the trend, saying: ‘I can’t believe how much momentum #postyourpill is getting

He went on: ‘So if anyone’s out there thinking, should I do this, what will people think?

‘You have a right to your own health. You have a right to look after yourself, to feel happy and I’m proud of you for taking control of your own health. 

‘Let’s keep sharing these posts, let’s keep pushing it so that people out there don’t go through the same stigma that so many people have over the years.’

Ending stigma: 'You have a right to your own health. You have a right to look after yourself, to feel happy and I'm proud of you for taking control of your own health'

Ending stigma: ‘You have a right to your own health. You have a right to look after yourself, to feel happy and I’m proud of you for taking control of your own health’


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