"you're not safe, you need other people to look after you."
In a candid Instagram video, Niall Aslam has revealed that he quit reality show Love Island in 2018 after suffering from stress-induced psychosis and was subsequently sent to a psychiatric hospital.
The 25-year-old made the admission on December 8, 2020, and said he was prescribed heavy medication after he lost touch of reality and began hallucinating.
Niall told his Instagram followers: “I came out and talked about my Asperger’s and I was diagnosed at 10-years-old, that was basically the reason I left Love Island.
“But what actually happened to me, I ended up watching Love Island in a psychiatric hospital in London, the Nightingale Hospital to be exact.
“What I later found out is that I had stress-induced psychosis… Essentially what it is, you get so overwhelmed that you lose touch with reality.”
Niall went on to say that the effects caused hallucinations and that following the incident, he suffered from extreme depression.
“You kind of hallucinate you don’t know what’s going on, you’re not fully aware of your surroundings, you’re not safe, you need other people to look after you.
“It takes quite a lot of time to come down from that, but when you come down from it you really come down, you go into a really deep depression.
“I was at the hospital for two weeks but in my head, I wasn’t fully aware of what was going on, I thought it was because of my Asperger’s.”
After being released from the hospital, Niall revealed he still struggled to understand what had happened as he was left to deal with the aftermath of his Love Island exit.
“I was on so much medication getting loads of side-effects, that’s why I didn’t really do any interviews as I was getting really slurred speech from the medication.
“Then I had to come off the medication, I was on Xanax, really really strong stuff. I just ‘cold turkey-ed’ it, that was horrible.
“It was a really upside down time for me. I think it took quite a long time for me to recover fully from it because of the Love Island situation.
“I was trying to get back to reality and my reality was different.
“I was really struggling… I was all over the place, I was depressed, I was avoiding things.”
Niall Aslam said that everyone assumed he was enjoying himself after leaving the popular reality show but in reality, he was being monitored by a crisis team.
Niall has since recovered and he made a successful comeback on the American version of Ex on the Beach in 2019.
In the past, Love Island has been heavily criticised for neglecting mental health and aftercare services.
Three stars, including presenter Caroline Flack, have taken their own lives. Since then, ITV has evolved its aftercare policy.
The show’s bosses have pledged to support the contestants’ families both before and after the show.