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Devastated Coronation Street fans praise soap for highlighting male suicide through Aidan’s death

Coronation Street fans were left devastated by the death of Aidan Connor in his final scenes.

But f..

By admin , in Cambridge , at May 8, 2018

Coronation Street fans were left devastated by the death of Aidan Connor in his final scenes.

But fans of the soap praised producers for highlighting the important issue of male suicide.

The episode does not show how Aidan dies, instead viewers saw him sat on a sofa in tears.

Aidan, played by Shayne Ward, went to see his ex fiancee Eva Price at the cottage where she's been living after giving birth to their baby Susie in secret.

Aidan asked Eva for the dance they never shared on what was meant to be their wedding day last year before saying a final goodbye and leaving behind her engagement ring for her to find.

She thought he wanted them to get back together, an ending so many fans had hoped for, but for Aidan there was no turning back.

The Underworld factory boss then returned to a family party at the Rovers Return and his last scene saw him back at his flat sitting alone in the darkness with his troubled thoughts.

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Lisa Buggy tweeted: "Wow, television at its most powerful and poignant. Heartbreaking and incredibly important story. Well done."

Another Corrie watcher said: "How heartbreaking was Aidan leaving in Corrie. So wanted a happy ending for him Eva and baby but just shows not everyone gets that keep talking and speaking out and break this stigma!"

And Katie said: "That last montage of Aidan was one of the most powerful scenes of anything Ive ever seen. So absolutely heartwrenching but so horribly believable. Round of applause to Shayne Ward and everyone involved, such an important episode."

In devastating scenes to be screened in an hour-long episode on Wednesday Johnny Connor will discover his sons body at his Victoria Street flat after Aidan fails to turn up for work at the factory.

As the news of factory boss Aidan's death spreads, his devastated family and friends try to come to term with the shock of their loss and begin to question why they hadnt spotted any signs that he was struggling to cope with life.

Actor Shayne, the show writers and production team, have worked closely with charities Samaritans and CALM (The Campaign Against Living Miserably) on the storyline.

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Shayne, who is leaving the soap after three years, said: "Aidan is an everyman figure, he is someone men can identify with, which is important in telling this story. We hope that anyone who recognises something of themselves in Aidan, will realise they can, and really should, talk about how theyre feeling.

“Talking could have helped Aidan to turn his life around. It could have brought him relief from what he was going through. This is what his loved ones would have wanted. Suicide is a very permanent response to what are usually temporary problems."

Corrie producer Kate Oates said: “Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in this country. With 84 men taking their lives each week, we quite simply cant afford to not talk about it.

“Aidans story, bravely and brilliantly tackled by Shayne Ward, is designed to give people who hide their feelings of desperation a chance to start a conversation, letting someone know what theyre going through.

"Through this story, we want to assure anyone who feels suicidal that there is always someone who wants to listen and support you: whether a friend, family member, or one of the brilliant charities we have been working with throughout this story.

Samaritans (116 123)samaritans.org operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how youre feeling, or if youre worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at [email protected] , write to Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, PO Box 9090, STIRLING, FK8 2SA and visit www.samaritans.org/branches to find your nearest branch.

CALM (0800 58 58 58) thecalmzone.net has a helpline is for men who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support. They're open 5pm to midnight, 365 days a year.

Childline (0800 1111 ) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number wont show up on your phone bill.
PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is a voluntary organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.
Depression Alliance is a charity for people with depression. It doesnt have a helpline, but offers a wide range of useful resources and links to other relevant information depressionalliance.org
Students Against Depression is a website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts. Bullying UK is a website for both children and adults affected by bullying studentsagainstdepression.org
The Sanctuary (0300 003 7029 ) helps people who are struggling to cope – experiencing depression, anxiety, panic attacks or in crisis. You can call them between 8pm and 6am every night.There are other depression charities.

There are other depression charities.

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