Coronation Street is set to explore the issue of loneliness and its impact on mental health in a storyline that features veteran Audrey Roberts.
udrey, played by Sue Nicholls, first appeared in the ITV drama series in 1979, and last month audiences saw her being treated in the hospital after an overdose.
In an emotional scene that will air on August 15, Audrey confides in friends Roy, Rita, Claudia and Ken and admits to having contemplated suicide, despite having previously told her doctor that she just took too many tablets by mistake.
However, while sitting down to a belated birthday lunch with friends, Audrey revealed that she had been trying to find a way to live three weeks ago and only survived after a neighbor posted a flyer that spotted her. and call an ambulance.
As her friends try to come to terms with the shocking revelation, they ask Audrey what led to the suicide attempt, confessing their guilt over failing to spot signs that their friend is struggling. .
As friends discussed the problems aging can bring, Audrey explained that she missed her late husband Alfie and that she had felt worthless and depressed, turning to alcohol after falling ill. reduced eyesight.
Speaking to the group, Audrey said: “I just seem to be turning downwards.
“I would flip through the night, then end up walking away as soon as I had to wake up and be with them. Catch the day.
“Spending the afternoon on sauvignon blanc, wondering what exactly do I like?”
Speaking of her character’s struggles, 78-year-old Nicholls explained: “Audrey is very sorry for what she’s done and certainly her first reaction was to keep it with her family. Family has always been, and will always mean a lot to her despite the sniping from time to time.
“She also enjoys and is grateful for being independent and living happily in her home although one of the biggest regrets that has contributed to this latest situation is wishing dear Alfie is still alive and there. with her so they can grow old and dodge equally…
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“Once she was able to talk to her friends, and then they opened up about their struggles, she realized that they were a big help to her with her problems.”
She added: “Now that’s the message I want people to take away from this plot, how important it is to be able to talk to people you trust about how you feel.
“Sometimes the younger generation may think that anyone over 70 is incapable of making decisions, which can cause older people to lose their sense of purpose and start to feel rather useless.”
“The reasons for suicide are so complex and very rarely on one issue, that Audrey’s story really captures,” said Jacqui Morrissey, assistant director of research and influence at Samaritans.
“Our listening volunteers hear a lot of talk about loneliness and isolation, which can affect anyone at any time.
“As recent years have been extremely challenging, many Coronation Road fans may have had a rough time, so it’s important for everyone to remember to always be available to support and feel able to reach out. if they find life difficult.”
You can find help by calling the Samaritans toll-free anytime on 116 123 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting Samaritans.org.
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