EASTENDERS’ Sean Slater could kill himself in shocking new storyline.
The character – played by Robert Krazinsky – made a surprise return to Albert Square at the end of last week, kidnapping Amy Branning.
BBC EastEnders’ Sean Slater could kill himself in shocking new storyline
After learning his mum, Jean, had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Sean decided to come back to Walford, intent on putting his previous wrongdoings, right.
However, after a tense confrontation with Jack Branning, Sean discovered his ex-wife, Roxy, died two years ago.
Stunned by the news, it soon became clear to viewers that Sean has been contemplating taking his own life as he sat sadly by her grave and said “I’ll be with you soon”.
Later this week viewers will learn that Sean has been struggling with a secret he’s been hiding for years and as he opens up to his mum, and sister, Stacey, the impact the secret has had on Sean is evident.
BBC Sean returned to Albert Square last week and found out Roxy Mitchell was dead in tonight’s episode
BBC The BBC soap has worked with Samaritans on the important new storyline
EastEnders have worked very closely with Samaritans to ensure Sean’s storyline has been portrayed as sensitively as possible.
Boss Kate Oates revealed: “The return of Sean Slater gives us a unique opportunity to explore two different aspects of mental health: on the one hand, the results of a long-term and untreated depression; and on the other, a person who has had a lifetime of trying to understand the delicate balance of their own mental health – and is coming out winning.
“The story is beautifully and intelligently played by Robert Kazinsky and Gillian Wright, both of whom cared deeply about getting it right, prompting discussion, and making a difference.”
Meanwhile Lorna Fraser, who leads on Samaritans’ Media Advice Service said: “Given the sensitivities with covering the topic of suicide, we were pleased that EastEnders worked with us on Sean’s storyline.
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“It’s important that we raise awareness of the issues surrounding suicide and drama can play a powerful role in this.
“Carefully developed storylines can help to generate discussion and can prompt viewers, who may be suffering in silence, to speak out and seek help.
“Sean’s story particularly highlights the importance of talking about our feelings, when we’re struggling to cope.
BBC Sean and his mum Jean will do much soul searching during the episodes
Sean Slater finds out Roxy Mitchell is dead before brawling with Jack Branning at the graveside on EastEnders
“If you’re worried about a friend you think may be struggling it’s alright to ask them if they’re ok, for some it can be a huge relief to know that someone’s spotted they may be going through a difficult time and they’re there to listen.”
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