Upcoming scenes in the saga highlight the important issue of male suicide.
Aidan’s father Johnny (Richard Hawley) will find his son’s body at his Victoria Street flat after he fails to turn up for work, ITV say of the emotional storyline which will hit screens week commencing 7 May.
As news of Aidan’s suicide rocks the cobbles, his devastated loved ones come to terms with their loss and question why they hadn’t spotted any signs of Aidan’s struggle to cope with life.
The soap has worked closely with Samaritans and CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) for sensitivity and accuracy.
“I am honoured to have been trusted with a storyline like this, it shows the confidence that Kate and the team had in me to be able to play it. When you get given a storyline like this it is a decision that is not taken lightly, I have played it with as much honesty and truth as I could. I am very proud of what I have done in my three years on the show and on this storyline in particular.
“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 they’re feeling.” – Shayne Ward who has portrayed Aidan since 2015
Aidan’s final episode on 7th May will see him visit Eva (Catherine Tyldesley) at the cottage where she is living after having baby Susie, before returning to a family party at the Rovers. He will then be seen back at his flat alone but his suicide won’t be shown on screen. Johnny makes his devastating discovery at the beginning of an hour long episode on May 9th.
“Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in this country. With 84 men taking their lives each week, we quite simply can’t afford to not talk about it. Aidan’s 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 they’re 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. We want to tell people that however bleak they are feeling, there is always another way.” – Kate Oates, Producer of Coronation Street
Ruth Sutherland, CEO of Samaritans, added: “Soaps can play an incredibly powerful role in increasing people’s awareness and understanding of difficult issues.”
- Three times more people die by suicide than in road traffic accidents.
- In 2016, 76% of all suicides in Great Britain were male (ONS, 2017).
- Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45.
- Only 55% of men who’ve experienced depression will tell anyone about it, compared to 67% of women (CALM’s Masculinity Audit 2016).