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Dancing On Ice's Matt Evers says ITV have 'more support than ever' for mental health


Matt Evers has claimed ITV bosses have introduced more mental health support on Dancing On Ice following Caroline Flack‘s tragic death.

The professional ice skater, 44, said on the Keep Calm and Carry On podcast on Tuesday that those behind-the-scenes were keen to ensure the celebrities and skaters were looked after during their time on the show.  

Caroline tragically took her life at her London home aged 40 on February 15, a day after learning the CPS would be pursuing a case of assault against her following a row with beau Lewis Burton at her home in December. 

Helpful: Dancing On Ice's Matt Evers said in a podcast on Tuesday that ITV have 'more support than ever' for mental health following Caroline Flack's tragic death

Helpful: Dancing On Ice’s Matt Evers said in a podcast on Tuesday that ITV have ‘more support than ever’ for mental health following Caroline Flack’s tragic death

Discussing the increased services provided to stars, Matt explained: ‘Now more than ever we have a lot of support.

‘We’ve always had a little bit of support, but through the tragedies that have happened, they have implemented a lot more mental support.’

Matt went on to say that as one of the show’s professionals it’s his task to become a ‘best friend, babysitter and psychologist’ for his celebrity partner, on top of also teaching them how to skate proficiently.

Tragic: Caroline (pictured in 2018) took her own life aged 40 on February 15 in the run up to her trial for the alleged assault of her boyfriend Lewis Burton

Tragic: Caroline (pictured in 2018) took her own life aged 40 on February 15 in the run up to her trial for the alleged assault of her boyfriend Lewis Burton

Doing what they can: Matt explained, 'We’ve always had a little bit of support, but through the tragedies that have happened, they have implemented a lot more mental support'

Doing what they can: Matt explained, ‘We’ve always had a little bit of support, but through the tragedies that have happened, they have implemented a lot more mental support’

Looking back at his time with Denise Welch, who is a recovering Alcoholic and is eight years sober, and their stint together in 2011, he reflected: ‘I was also the drink police because she loved to go out.’

‘She is sober now. Dancing on Ice changed her life,’ he added, as he confirmed that he and Denise remain firm friends. 

ITV is extremely cautious about mental health matters following a slew of tragedies of guests or hosts of some of its most popular shows.

Former Love Island contestants Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis and host Caroline all died by suicide.

There for them: Matt (pictured with Gemma Collins) added that as a pro it's his task to become a 'best friend, babysitter and psychologist' for his celebrity partner, as well as a teacher

There for them: Matt (pictured with Gemma Collins) added that as a pro it’s his task to become a ‘best friend, babysitter and psychologist’ for his celebrity partner, as well as a teacher

Support: Looking back at his time with Denise Welch (pictured in 2013), who is a recovering Alcoholic, and their stint together in 2011, he reflected: 'I was also the drink police'

Support: Looking back at his time with Denise Welch (pictured in 2013), who is a recovering Alcoholic, and their stint together in 2011, he reflected: ‘I was also the drink police’

The channel’s former hit The Jeremy Kyle Show was also taken off air permanently after a guest on the show is believed to have taken his own life.

It is understood duty of care meetings – like the one Alison Hammond has previously had – are not unusual for the broadcaster’s slate of programmes. 

In June 2019 ITV’s chief executive Carolyn McCall signed off a Duty of Care charter, outlining its commitment.

It said: ‘We want to ensure that working at, or with, ITV, is a happy, safe and productive work environment and will strive to review and improve our systems and processes.’

Wary: ITV is extremely cautious about mental health matters following a slew of tragedies of guests or hosts of some of its most popular shows, including Caroline (pictured in 2015)

Wary: ITV is extremely cautious about mental health matters following a slew of tragedies of guests or hosts of some of its most popular shows, including Caroline (pictured in 2015)

Caroline’s death was ruled a suicide in August this year, with coroner Mary Hassell saying Caroline had experienced ‘fluctuating ill health’ and was ‘distressed’ at the thought of facing a trial.

Earlier this year, her mother Christine pledged to share part of the late star’s fortune with charities she was ‘passionate about.’

According to a report from The Sun, Caroline’s family have decided to distribute some of her £827,691 estate to good causes after she didn’t leave a will.  

If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.

Verdict: Caroline's death was ruled a suicide in August, with coroner Mary Hassell saying she experienced 'fluctuating ill health' and was 'distressed' at the thought of facing a trial (pictured in 2019)

Verdict: Caroline’s death was ruled a suicide in August, with coroner Mary Hassell saying she experienced ‘fluctuating ill health’ and was ‘distressed’ at the thought of facing a trial (pictured in 2019)



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