EastEnders: Danny Dyer reveals all on Mick's tragic suicide story
Danny Dyer’s Mick Carter has revealed all about his character’s tragic suicide storyline on EastEnders.
Mick has been at the heart of one of the most challenging soap narratives of recent months, and things are due to come to a head on the New Year’s Day episode of the show.
The makers of the BBC soap have been working with Samaritans on showing Mick’s struggles, which come after the character experienced panic attacks and mental health issues as a result of non-recent sexual abuse he suppressed as a child.
It’s been the hardest few months for Mick, with his abuser Katy Lewis (Simone Lahbiba) arriving in Walford.
After feeling he has no-one to turn to, Mick contemplates taking his own life on New Year’s Day.
Danny said: ‘Mick has been struggling for some time and has reached a point where he has lost all hope. He’s confused and he’s pushed everyone away so he really feels like he’s completely alone in the world, so much so he feels that his only option is to end his own life.’
Speaking about what he hopes to achieve with the upcoming episode, Mick said: ‘I just hope that it shines a light on suicide, or suicidal feelings – especially in men, who we know are at greater risk.
‘I think men who, through time, haven’t been known for really talking about feelings and expressing ourselves, which we know can make problems worse. It’s so important to do that now – it’s vital.’
Danny added: ‘Whatever the problem, there’s always someone who will listen and support you, talking can help to see different perspectives and a way through things.’
‘If you’re struggling to cope and things start to feel overwhelming, talking can be a lifesaver. I think Mick’s story is a real example of that.’
Anyone affected by the storyline can call Samaritans on 116123, or visit samaritans.org
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