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Mindsmatter support available following tragic suicide in Coronation Street episode

Posted on the 10th May 2018

Following a recent heart-breaking Coronation Street episode in which a character tragically completing suicide, health professionals from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Mindsmatter service are calling on people upset or in distress to get in touch.

Coronation Street’s Aidan Connor, played by Shayne Ward, took his own life earlier this week in the popular soap that has left viewers on the edge of their seats. In the tragic scenes, Aidan’s father Johnny discovered a note in Aidan’s handwriting before forcing his way into the bathroom to find his son.

Kieren Fleck, Mindsmatter Service Manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“Coronation Street has done a great job on raising awareness on male suicide, especially with it being Mental Health Awareness Week next week. The scenes depict Aidan struggling painfully and not accessing vital support that could have stopped him from taking his own life. There is a lot of help and support available out there and the recent topical storyline on the cobbles may cause upset and distress to people. It also serves the purpose of raising awareness about mental health. If people are struggling then we do encourage them to get in touch with the Mindsmatter Service.”

Lancashire Care’s Mindsmatter service provides talking therapies for adults aged 16 and over who are experiencing common mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and stress. The teams offer a variety of different interventions and support including stress management courses, development courses, supported online programmes, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and counselling.

People can access the service via the online referral form from the comfort of their own home, by post, telephone or by visiting their GP. For more information about your local Mindsmatter service and to access their online self-referral form please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/Mindsmatter.