Mental health charities commend EastEnders for self-harm plot

EastEnders has been praised by mental health charities for its “sensitive” depiction of self-harm in its latest storyline.

Oap bosses say they’ve worked with Alumina, Mind and Samaritans to accurately portray teen Amy Mitchell’s declining mental health.

In recent weeks, Amy – the daughter of Roxy Mitchell (Rita Simons) and Jack Branning (Scott Maslen) – feels isolated from her family and friends.

Hopefully, Amy’s story will help start meaningful conversations around mental health and self-harm.Lorna Fraser, Samaritans

Amy, played by Ellie Dadd, also had issues with her father about her new relationship, which quickly fell apart when a nasty rumor about the pair spread throughout the school.

Alex Bushil, head of communications and PR at Mind, says “sensitive and accurate” depictions of mental health issues will help audiences spot signs in themselves and others. their loved ones.

He added: “We know there is a mental health crisis among young people, one in six has a mental health problem.

“I hope Amy’s story helps highlight that self-harm is all too real, not about seeking attention or something to be dismissed, and that every young person deserves to be treated. treated with dignity and respect.”


Ellie Dadd as Amy Mitchell (BBC / Jack Barnes / Kieron McCarron / PA)

Lorna Fraser, executive director of communications consulting at Samaritans, said: “It is hoped that Amy’s storyline will help start meaningful conversations about mental health and self-harm, which are inherently important. major public health concern.”

Jenny Cavendish, co-project manager at Alumina, said: “We believe finding support is important to living a self-harm-free life and hoping others will benefit as well. see how the family handles this properly.

“At Alumina, we always recommend young people reach out to those around them to help them access the help they need.”

Chris Clenshaw, executive producer at EastEnders, said of the plot: “It was really important for us to explore a storyline that focused on Amy’s mental health challenges – issues that weren’t very important to us. she faces the impact so many young people and their families across the UK so we hope this helps raise awareness and start a conversation among viewers. “

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