Minister for suicide prevention demands protection for reality TV stars

TV bosses face inquiry into how they can protect their reality show stars in the wake of Caroline Flack's tragic death Nadine Dorries will examine measures entertainment industry could implement She hopes to help stars suffering 'psychological effect of reputational damage' Miss Flack was the fourth person with links to the show to take their own life 

By Arthur Martin and Simon Walters for the Daily Mail

Published: 00:44 GMT, 22 February 2020 | Updated: 04:13 GMT, 22 February 2020

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TV bosses were facing an inquiry last night into how they can protect their troubled stars in the wake of Caroline Flack's death.

Nadine Dorries, the minister for suicide prevention and mental health, will examine what potential measures the entertainment industry could implement to help celebrities suffering from the 'psychological effect of reputational damage'.

She said the death of the 'talented and beautiful' Miss Flack had 'rocked the country in a way the deaths of other public figures have not'.

Nadine Dorries (pictured), the minister for suicide prevention and mental health, will examine what potential measures the entertainment industry could implement to help celebrities suffering from the 'psychological effect of reputational damage'

Nadine Dorries (pictured), the minister for suicide prevention and mental health, will examine what potential measures the entertainment industry could implement to help celebrities suffering from the 'psychological effect of reputational damage'

Miss Dorries said she hoped the probe would establish 'an awareness of how words really do cost lives' and show that the responsibility for suicide prevention 'belongs to every single one of us'.

The minister pledged Government funding towards the move and will be inviting TV, Press and social media bosses to discussions on the issue. 

Psychiatrists who specialise in suicide prevention and representatives from Ofcom, the broadcast regulator, will also be present.

Miss Dorries said: 'I have decided it is time for us to look deeper into the psychological effect of reputational damage and what measures the entertainment industry can put into place to

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