Long-standing character Steve McDonald is suffering with depression in a new storyline and it is hoped that his struggles will encourage others going through similar problems to seek help.
Studies show that over 50% of people believe seeing a TV character dealing with mental health concerns helps to improve their understanding of the issue in question.
Coronation Street producer Stuart Blackburn said they faced a particular challenge with Steve’s character as the audience love him for his comedy,
“What viewers love about him primarily is the comedy – he’s affable, hapless Steve, the bloke next door.
“But I’ve told the writers his DNA hasn’t changed. His head might be taking a battering at the moment, but he still has the same wit, still has good days and bad days and you can’t rush the story.”
Stuart goes on to explain that they have to tell the truth about depression, warts and all, while...