MIKE Thalassitis liked a series of online posts and articles about mental health in the months prior to his tragic death at the weekend.
The Love Island star, 26, was found hanged in woodland near his North London home following a secret six month battle with depression.
Mike Thalassitis liked a series of online posts and articles about mental health in the months prior to his tragic death at the weekend.[/caption]
Prior to his death, the former semi-pro footballer liked a post about the condition from brain coach Jim Kwik.
It read: “The truth is, none of us really know how much someone else is hurting.
“We could be standing right beside someone who feels completely broken or facing the battle of their lives and have no idea.
“Be kind, always.”
The popular reality star also liked a Guardian article raising awareness of anxiety and depression.
Mike liked this post by brain coach Jim Kwik last November[/caption]
He also liked this message about waiting for your time to come[/caption]
And this Guardian article looking at different ways to improve mental well-being[/caption]
Mike openly spoke to friends about taking anti-depressants[/caption]
Published in January, columnist Gaby Hinsliff looked at how exercise and hobbies such as cooking can have a positive effect on mental well-being.
Another tweet liked by Mike, suggested he was focused on a brighter future.
The post read: “Try not to watch anyone else next year, everyone’s timing is different.
“Your time will come just focus on yourself and have a better year than the last.
“Learn from your mistakes and use them to build yourself.
“If next year’s not your year, make it count towards the year that will be.”
Earlier today The Sun Online exclusively revealed how Mike was secretly battling depression for at least six months before his tragic death.
The star was excited about his new business outside of the showbiz world Love Island brought him[/caption]
A close friend said the star had been taking anti-depressants since September after an “absolutely horrible” time.
They explained: “Mike was openly talking to people about the awful time he’d been having lately and he had lots of good friends who were supporting him.
“Everybody knew he was taking anti-depressants, but he insisted to friends that he was sorting himself out and things were ‘getting better’.
“Mike was very open and honest about his feelings and admitted life had gone downhill after his Love Island fame had started to wane – but he was looking forward to the future and his new business.
“He spoke about how he longed to return to his old life and play football again with his mates. His old club Margate FC were even open to him coming back as a player.
Mike longed to return to his roots as a lower-league player[/caption]
“However, Mike was too down; he was convinced he wasn’t good enough, said he wasn’t fit enough and feared he wouldn’t be accepted as a footballer again.”
The friend explained how Mike missed the football world, where he was known simply as ‘Thala’ rather than the ‘Muggy Mike’ moniker he’d gained on Love Island.
Between 2010 and 2017, he played as a striker for teams including Stevenage, Chelmsford City and Margate.
They explained: “Mike loved the parties and hanging out with his showbiz pals but someone called him ‘Thala’ the other week and he was thrilled. He said: ‘It’s so nice to hear that again.’
He was talking excitedly about his life as a restaurateur[/caption]
Mike’s new project The Skillet in Loughton was due to open next week[/caption]
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“Ultimately, he would have loved to return to playing – but he was just too depressed to make the leap.”
Mike’s pals were astonished by his tragic death because all signs were pointing to a massive change in fortunes for the star.
He had just finished filming the forthcoming series of MTV’s Ex On The Beach.
Also, his beloved restaurant The Skillet, a joint venture with footballer pal Scott Neilson, was due to open which he was hugely excited about – with the pair even having sent out invites to the grand opening.
He had been obsessed with everything to do with his new venture[/caption]
The pal told us: “Mike was so thrilled about his restaurant and would talk about it non-stop. Everyone was convinced he was getting better as he was so passionate about his new venture.”
They added: “He was involved in everything from the menus to the colour of the walls and spoke about how excited he was about it right up until the night before he died.
“It’s a tragedy that he will never get to see all his brilliant plans come to fruition.”
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It doesn’t discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It’s the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
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