Zara also revealed that she still feels anxious and depressed two years on. "I never thought I'd be able to get out of this dark place I went to. It was really hard. It was a very weird experience and I never thought I'd be able to get better," Zara said, before revealing she was referred to a psychologist and put on anti-depressants.
"When I sat down and talked to them we together pulled out the target points that triggered everything off and unfortunately that was from going on Love Island."
Speaking to the Mirror, Zara revealed Love Island contacted her for the first time in two years after Sophie's death. "Funny they call me now when something terrible has happened," she noted, before saying: "People applying need to know how serious things can be, they see a claim to fame, they don’t see that in ten years’ time, when you’re married with babies, you’ll still be haunted for the rest of your life."
In response, a spokesperson for the show said, "All of our islanders are offered psychological support before, during and after their time in the villa. We take our duty of care very seriously and this is always our top priority."
Unfortunately, Thalassitis and Gradon's cases are the worst case scenario. In Australian television, several reality stars have spoken out in recent years of the effects going on national television has left on them.
Married at First Sight star Tracey Jewel revealed she had admitted herself into a mental health clinic, after overdosing while stranded in Europe last year. The mother-of-one went on to say she "started getting help" in April after a psychologist said she might have post-traumatic stress disorder.
"I’ve been bullied and cyber-trolled relentlessly, pretty much all year," she told New Idea, previously writing on Instagram, "You’ve won trolls. I give up. You’ve ruined my life. You’ve involved my friends, family, clients and sponsors. I have lost everything because of your relentless hate. Hope you’re happy you’ve claimed another one."
Tully Smyth, a contestant on 2013's Big Brother, spoke out about the toll reality TV has on mental health in a blog post saying that upon leaving the show, “You struggle to slip back into your old life… you’re broke… you’re exhausted. Emotionally, physically, mentally.”
In 2016, it was reported that there had been 21 deaths worldwide as a result of reality TV. Not only does Sophie's death - and Tracey's overdose - reinforce the need for constant and on-going support for contestants, but it's a wake-up call to everyone who watches the shows to be mindful of the real humans on screens and what we say to or about them.