Love Island star Sophie Gradon's death sparks Rebecca Jane to slam Big Brother over lack of mental health aftercare

Friends suspect the Geordie, 32, killed herself after a battle with anxiety.

Entrepreneur and This Morning and Loose Women regular Rebecca told the Sun’s Bizarre column the Channel 5 show barely contacted her after appearing on there last summer.

It comes after she spoke about her own anxiety and depression in a campaign called #Timetobehonest.

The furious star said: “I spoke about my mental health issues spanning over 15 plus years. How I’d been suicidal, had depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress and some seriously neurotic episodes.

“I’m a Big Brother alumni — did they reach out to me? No, but Sophie did.”



Sophie was found dead at her home in Newcastle yesterday two years after she appeared on the ITV2 hit show.

Police said they were not treating it as suspicious.

Her boyfriend Aaron Armstrong announced the news on Facebook saying: “I will never forget that smile I love you so so much baby your my world forever ever and always.”

The ex-Miss GB’s death sparked an outpouring of tributes with pals encouraging people to speak about mental health.

Rebecca told the Sun reality shows like Love Island and its rival on Channel 5 need to be held more accountable for their stars.

She demanded a step up in aftercare and for their vetting processes to be looked at.

The single mum of two said: “They knew my mental health history. They requested my medical records, and I was called to my doctor to read them before they were sent off.

“I read about suicidal attempts, PTSD. The sheer amount of times I’d been signed off work with depression and anxiety was uncountable.

“I sat looking at them thinking, ‘that’s it, I’m never going in now’.

“I was wrong. I got called to see the psychiatrist and I was nervous. He told me not to go into the house. He said I didn’t need it and that I should just go on a holiday and switch off my phone.

“I awaited the results and got told I was still in. Why on earth I was allowed I didn’t really know.”


She says following the show her mental health deteriorated and had made several suicide attempts.

Rebecca said: “After leaving, my anxiety went to new levels. Like nothing I’d ever experienced before.

“I lost all trust in people, I became paranoid and I was fast spiralling out of control in the months to come.

“Another reason I signed up for the programme was the after care I was sold. You’re technically under their care for a year.

“I thought I’d have a psychiatrist on tap. I wanted the opportunity to finally fix myself with two expert professionals that I completely trusted. That wasn’t quite the case.

“If it was left to the production company, I’d have one phone call with the head psychiatrist a month after leaving and one a year after leaving. I requested a call about a week after leaving because I was struggling so badly.

“Since the programme, I’ve been suicidal, I’ve had one of my worst depression and anxiety levels of my life and I’ve finally started taking anti-depressants again. I’d taken them years ago, but became severely addicted, so they now scared me. I refused them for years.”

A Big Brother spokeswoman said: "Big Brother takes contributor welfare extremely seriously and is proud of the robust assessment and welfare systems in place. All potential contributors are thoroughly assessed by psychologists before being considered for the show and a team dedicated to contributor welfare is on hand to support housemates both during and after transmission of the series."

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