Former Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson is to chair ITV’s new Mental Health Advisory Group.

The group, created following the deaths of participants on The Jeremy Kyle Show and Love Island, will give practical advice to ITV and STV shows.

Ms Davidson – who is still an MSP – has taken up the unpaid role designed to protect the mental wellbeing of audiences and participants.

She said: “I’m excited to be involved… it’s so important to talk.”

“Television can have a huge impact on people’s lives and on the life of the nation,” added Ms Davidson, a former BBC journalist.

“Creating a culture which supports the mental health of one another is so important and ITV and STV’s position means they can make a real difference in working towards

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