Caroline Flack’s mum Christine fights back tears as she presents mental health award in her honour

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Caroline Flack's mum Christine could be seen fighting back tears as she presented the Mental Health Hero award at The Sun's Who Cares Wins awards ceremony.

Caroline took her own life in February 2020 and her mum and close friend Frankie Bridge were seen supporting one anther as they handed out the award.

They presented the award in memory of Love Island presenter Caroline, and Christine welled up as she mentioned her daughter's name.

"The winner of the mental health award in memory of my daughter Carrie, is Charmaine George."

Charmaine lost her 18 year old son to a suspected suicide in May 2020, and Christine added: "I'd just like to say, how did she what she did, well some mornings it's just hard to get up and carry on.

"To do what she did is wonderful, and she deserves this."

Frankie reached out to reassure Caroline's mum as she started to well up.

Singer Frankie was also tearing up, as she said: "It’s incredible really but something as simple as just talking can be so powerful but at times also so so difficult to do.”

As she accepted the award, Charmaine and Christine embraced in what was an emotional moment.

Frankie has been open about her battle with mental health, admitting she was admitted to a psychiatric ward while filming a music video with The Saturdays.

Speaking on Loose Women, Frankie, 32, revealed that she had been booked into a hospital to tackle her worsening mental health for the day after their 2011 shoot for My Heart Takes Over.

She explained that footballer husband Wayne Bridge and her GP had arranged for her to spend some time in a psychiatric hospital to help get her depression and anxiety under control – but that she had to complete a day's music video filming in Iceland first.

She said: "I'd mentally prepared myself, this is going to be my last job, then I'll go to the hospital.

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The awards come as Caroline's mum hit out at ITV over the decision for her late daughter to step down from the ITV2 show Love Island in late 2019 and be replaced by presenter Laura Whitmore.

Opening up over a year on from her tragic suicide, Christine claimed the channel could have handled things "differently".

In an interview with The Sun, she claimed: "I think ITV2 could have done it a little differently. They could have done it out of respect. It's all very well putting these films on saying, 'Oh, we love Carrie blah blah blah. But you know, just have a little bit of respect."

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