Montana Brown writes a poem for late pal Mike Thalassitis


Montana Brown has revealed that she has written a poem for her late pal Mike Thalassitis for a new book on mental health  The Love Island star, 23, revealed that despite being trolled for speaking about his death so publicly, she felt ‘honoured’ to contribute to the book which aims to show others that it’s OK to ask for help if struggling  Montana also explained that writing the poem proved to be the ‘easiest way’ for her to detail how she was feeling over the difficult last few months   Mike took his own life on March 15th, with an inquest hearing his death followed an alcohol and cocaine binge And on Tuesday, Montana took to Instagram to explain that she had contributed to a book, all about mental health, called ‘It’s not OK to Feel Blue and Other Lies, by Scarlett Curtis   She wrote: ‘I feel so honoured to have been asked to write (yes I can write despite people thinking if you went on Love Island you don’t have a brain) about my experience of mental health and specifically about Mike  ‘I chose to write a poem as I found that the easiest way to write about how I feel and I can’t wait to share it with you all The royalties are going to @giveusashoutinsta which is an amazing charity which are the first 24/7 helpline   ‘I feel completely honoured to not only contribute to such an incredible book, but also to talk about Mike as well  ‘People made me feel really bad about talking about him publicly, accusing me of using his death for my own good, and it really made me sad  ‘But tbh I don’t care about that anymore, the point is people are hurting silently, and Mike was hurting silently for a while and nobody saw the signs because he didn’t reach out So let’s all speak up about mental health, and hopefully all these inspirational contributors can show you it’s ok to speak about your experiences too ❣️ ‘This wonderful book comes out 3rd October and you can pre order on Scarlett’s instagram @scarcurtis,’ she concluded        Montana joined Mike’s mother Shirley, father Andy, and brother Nick for his inquest at north London Coroner’s Court in June  In March, Montana broke down in tears as she revealed how he was going through a ‘really rough time’ due to a ‘lack of work and a big tax bill’ She also said she was left ‘kicking herself’ for not replying to his last text two days before he took his own life Speaking after the hearing Montana said: ‘I don’t really have too much to say, but what I will say is I think when someone dies in this way you don’t give up on the memory and I think that a lot of people are scared to talk about it ‘But I think it’s important to let his memory live on and remember the importance of why this happened, and to change your own life on what terrible, terrible thing has happened to Mike ‘I think everyone should be nicer, a little bit kinder – it’s such an awful world we live in, it’s just nice to be nice ‘She added: ‘I’ve definitely changed the way I live my life – and I urge others to do the same ‘Mike is the second former contestant to have taken their own life since the series began in 2005 and was re-booted in 2015 Model Sophie Gradon, 32, appeared on the second series of the reboot and was found dead in June 2018  

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