People Were Worried About Jamie’s Mental Health After His Breakdown in Paradise Last Night
During last night's episode of Bachelor in Paradise, three blokes threatened to leave the resort — and one other man actually did leave. The drama was messy and seemingly fuelled by one too many cocktails at Tuesday's bula banquet.
In short: Ciarran Stott wanted to leave after the messy details of his split with Renee Barrett were dredged up, Timm Hanly tried to leave after he was called out for making up stories about Ciarran and Cass Mamone at dinner, and Jamie Doran was well on his way out of Paradise when he went looking for Timm and he wasn't in his room.
Before his awkward half-walkout, Jamie broke down as he tried to convince the person he saw as his best friend, Timm, to stay in Paradise.
"You're not going out like this on me, bro. I'm your best mate," he reasoned, but Timm replied that his decision to leave wasn't about Jamie, later saying that his friend needed to focus on his own journey: "You can survive on your own," he said.
"No, I can't," Jamie said. As the conversation continued, it became clearer and clearer how hyper-attached Jamie was to Timm. "Timm, please. You don't know how much you mean to me," he sobbed.
"Please don't leave me here on my own," he pleaded. "I'm not staying here, man," Timm replied, unmoved. "Bro, I'll see you on the outside. Relax!" he said, as Jamie became increasingly distressed.
People online were concerned about Jamie's overreaction to his friend's possible departure, positing that he may suffer from some form of separation anxiety.
But host and mental health advocate Osher Günsberg reassured viewers on Twitter that psychological help is made available to Bachie contestants if needed.
"It's probably pertinent to point out that everyone on the show has full access to mental health professionals as well as support from the Warner Bros. Australia and Network 10 teams before, during and after production," he wrote in one tweet.
"The amount of mental health support before/during/after production for the people on this show is significant," he wrote in another. "But you'll never know who accessed it, who asked for it, and who continues with it because of privacy. But trust me, it's ROBUST."
Nevertheless, people were worried about Jamie, and questioned whether reality TV shows could do more to support clearly struggling contestants: