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30th Apr 2018

Coronation Street to highlight issue of male suicide when Aidan takes his own life

The character will appear on screen for the final time on May 7th

Wayne Farry

The makers of the show will seek to raise awareness of male suicide with the storyline

Coronation Street is set to highlight the issue of male suicide next week when prominent character Aidan Connor takes his own life.

Actor Shayne Ward, who plays the character of the factory boss, revealed in February that he would be leaving the soap later in the year, and it has been confirmed today that the character will be found in his flat by his father Johnny after failing to turn up for work.

In a report released on the broadcaster’s website, ITV revealed that Aidan’s family and friends will struggle to come to terms with his death, and begin to question why they didn’t notice the signs that he was struggling to cope.

Aidan will appear on screen for the final time on May 7th, after going to visit Eva at the cottage where she is living with her baby, and his final scene will see him back at his flat alone.

No element of his suicide will appear on screen, and the actor, writers and producers have worked closely with charities such as Samaritans and CALM to ensure the subject is treated with the sensitivity and realism it deserves.

In a statement to ITV Ruth Sutherland, CEO of Samaritans said:

“We were pleased that Coronation Street invited us to work with them on Aidan’s storyline. Suicide is clearly a very sensitive topic and one that presents some distinct challenges for producers of soaps. This is why Samaritans publishes media guidance and works with programme makers.

“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.

“You won’t make things worse, but you could start that person on the road to recovery.”