A contestant on Love Island has been praised for showing his emotions while on the show.

Chris Hughes has previously opened up about his mental health problems and during his time on the reality show has been seen in tears during emotional times with fellow contestants.

A top counselling agency took to social media to commend Chris for 'bearing all'.

Signpost Counselling, who run supports groups to help young people, wrote: "They say men younger & older don't feel safe to show their emotions...shout out to Chris #LoveIsland for being himself and bearing all."

Chris has spoken out about suffering panic attacks in the past, and says he was treated with hypnosis.

On his Instagram account, he wrote: "Hopefully this may help certain people who'll relate: It was about May 2013 when I finally overcame anxiety and panic attacks, most sickening months of my life where you never know what your you're guna do.

"And it wasn't until my mum knew and I spoke out about it I could sort things out.

"It hit me again summer just gone, but I knew from the breathing techniques, imagery, and everything else I was taught, getting over that wasn't the issue.

'Took time and money but it was the best I ever spent. Can only thank one man for that, David Crees, a cognitive hypnotherapist, based in Cheltenham and his company is Ethical Minds."

While in the villa, Chris has been involved with a contestant called Olivia, however, he was left in tears when she decided to cool things between the pair.

In one scene Olivia told Chris not to cry again; leading many viewers to call her out for being 'cold-hearted' and 'harsh'.

She was also accused of bullying, with many saying if Chris had treated her like she had treated him it would be viewed as abuse.

'U OK M8?' is an initiative from LADbible in partnership with a range of mental health charities which features a series of films and stories to raise awareness of mental health.

Explore more here and don't suffer in silence. Reach out. It's the brave thing to do.MIND: 0300 123 3393.

Samaritans: 116 123.

CALM: Outside London 0808 802 5858, inside London 0800 58 58 58.

Mental Health Foundation

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