Big Brother 2007 champion Brian Belo believes that not enough is being done to help former housemates after they leave the house.
The reality star has been speaking to The Sun about suffering panic attacks after returning to the show in 2015 as part of Big Brother: Timebomb.
Brian left the house in controversial circumstances last year after being called a “rapist” and “murderer” by Helen Wood.
“Everyone I’ve spoken to on the show has had issues with anxiety when leaving,” he told The Sun.
“My issue is I don’t think we get good care after we leave – I’ve done it twice now – and after being called a murderer and rapist, how am I meant to go down the supermarket?
“We need to be properly looked after. I’ve been massively affected since. It’s been the hardest year of my life.”
Brian also revealed: “We’re not given the resources of the presenters – we’re just normal people and then expected to navigate back in real life.
I didn’t audition last year, they came to me.
“You can chat to one therapist initially after leaving, but then you are on your own. I don’t want in another 10 years’ time another bunch of teenagers to go through what we went through.
“People are having anxiety and panic attacks. All BB housemates suffer from panic attacks and this is something that needs dealing with.”
Celebrity Big Brother 2016 housemates Renee Graziano and Ricky Norwood both revealed they both received counselling in the house, and it helped them get to the final.
Celebrity Big Brother returns to Channel 5 next year.