Soaps can play an incredibly powerful role in increasing people’s awareness and understanding of difficult issues.
Viewers will see the devastating impact of suicide and the effect that it has on families – it’s never the case that others would be better off without you.
By illustrating the dangers of staying silent when it feels like life’s challenges are overwhelming, we hope others who are struggling will be encouraged to reach out for support.
And, if viewers are worried about someone else, we hope it will inspire them to be brave and open up a conversation.
Help and support are available for anyone affected by, or who can relate to, the Coronation Street storyline involving the death of Aidan Connor.
Those in need of help are advised to talk to a friend, family member, GP, counsellor or one of the many helplines available.
Edward Kunonga, Chair of the Tees Suicide Prevention Taskforce, said: “Suicides are not inevitable, in most cases they can be prevented.
“Each suicide is a tragic and avoidable loss.
“Factors that lead to suicide are complex but nonetheless preventable.
“Preventing suicides requires multi-agency action as well as efforts at an individual, family, community and local authority level.”
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