Emmerdale fans in tears as second male character reveals suicide attempt

Emmerdale fans in tears as second male character reveals suicide attempt

Emmerdale took an emotional turn this week with fans in tears after a second male character confessed to attempting to take his own life.

The hour-long episode was planned to highlight the importance of mental health awareness for men – and fans saw Paddy Kirk, who is played by Dominic Brunt, open up about how he attempted to take his own life following his split from Chas Dingle.

As Paddy opened up about his struggles, he was supported by his friends and surrounded by the men of the village, who came together in a lock-in at their local, The Woolpack.

The lock-in was organised by Marlon Dingle – who is portrayed by Mark Charnock.

Another Emmerdale character, Liam Cavanagh, also revealed he overdosed after experiencing suicidal thoughts while he was studying medicine as a young adult.

Cain Dingle – played by Jeff Hordley – went on to air his fears that his brother-in-law would attempt to take his own life again.

While it was hard to watch, viewers praised Emmerdale for raising awareness of men struggling with mental health issues in the soap in such a powerful way.

"Well done #Emmerdale This subject is so important. Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45. Men should talk to eachother more. It’s ok not to be ok. There are so many resources out there for men," one viewer wrote on Twitter.

Another commented: "You got to hand it to the writers of #Emmerdale with the handling of men's #MentalHealth and its importance, fair play."

A third viewer said: "TW/ Suicide: When Emmerdale do it right you know about it – this is one of the episodes they are getting right.

"Mental Health is so important especially for us men who struggle to talk about our feelings. There is help out there you're never alone."

The special episode was previously teased as “one of the most powerful” episodes ever with it being Emmerdale's first all-male episode.

Show producer Laura Shaw told The Daily Star: "There is a whole episode where our men just talk.

"There are no stunts, there are no affairs, there are no big explosive reveals, it’s just men talking about whatever they are feeling or thinking.

"It’s as simple as that. But when you watch it, it’s probably one of the most powerful episodes we’ve ever done."

She went on to say: "We know accurate on-screen portrayals help people with their own experiences and help them speak out without fear of judgement.

"If we help just one person who is struggling to reach out and start talking, well, we’ve done our job."

For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.


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