Warning: This article contains discussion of suicide, which some readers may find upsetting.
Tonight’s (May 16) Coronation Street continued to focus on the aftermath of Aidan Connor’s shocking death, as his family tried to deal with their grief in different ways.
Carla was throwing herself back into work at the factory, but had a nasty shock when she discovered that Aidan had left everything to Alya in his will.
Meanwhile, Aidan’s father Johnny was desperately struggling to cope with his son’s death, especially after discovering a letter Aidan had written to him months ago but never sent, which showed he had been planning to take his own life.
Viewers’ hearts were breaking for Johnny, as he blamed himself for his son’s death.
Jenny had been trying to be there for Johnny, but he kept pushing her away.
But the breaking point for Johnny came when he heard about Summer’s well-meaning campaign to set up a helpline for men in Aidan’s memory.
Taking his anger out on Jenny, he hurled a glass at the wall.
While viewers can sympathise with Johnny, the scenes with Jenny proved a difficult watch.
Jenny too has lost a son, but sadly it seems Johnny is unwilling to let her help him cope.
We would encourage anyone who identifies with Aidan’s story to reach out. Organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org), and Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) also has helplines available from 5pm to midnight, 365 days a year, on 0800 58 58 58 (nationwide) and 0808 802 58 58 (London) (www.thecalmzone.net/).
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255 or visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
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