**Disclaimer: This article contains discussion of self-harm that some readers may find upsetting.**
Amy Mitchell (played by Ellie Dadd) will be involved in a self-harm storyline in the coming weeks on EastEnders.
The teenager is struggling with increasing pressures at school and at home which have in turn isolated her from family and friends.
Her struggles didn’t end there as she found herself at odds with her father, Jack Branning (Scott Maslen), over his relationship with Denzel (Jaden Ladega).
This should continue and as she lowers it is revealed that she is self-harming.
Over the next few weeks, viewers will also see the impact Amy’s mental health has had on her loved ones.
It will also highlight how her friends and family come together and learn to effectively support Amy.
Chris Clenshaw, executive producer of EastEnders, said of the script: “It was really important for us to explore a storyline focused on Amy’s mental health issues – the issues she faces impact so many young people and their families across the UK, so we hope it helps to raise awareness and start a conversation among viewers.
“We wanted to make sure the story was portrayed with the utmost care, which is why working alongside charities such as Alumina, Mind and Samaritans was key to making sure it was portrayed in the most accurate way possible. more sensitive and as precise as possible.”
Jenny Cavendish, co-head of the project at Alumina, commented: “Stories like Amy’s are so important because they can help communicate the emotions felt by the young person and their family in the face of self-harm. We appreciate the sensitivity with which this story has been portrayed. , while expressing the variety of feelings of Amy and those around her.
“As described on EastEnders, we believe that seeking support is essential to living a life free of self-harm and hope that others will benefit from seeing how sensitively this is handled by family. At Alumina, we always recommend young people to reaching out to those around them to help them access the help they need.
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Alex Bushill, head of media and public relations at Mind, also said seeing mental health issues depicted on screen can help raise awareness of their signs and symptoms.
“That’s why it’s great to see EastEnders dedicating airtime to exploring such an important issue. We know there is a mental health crisis among young people, with one in six having a Mental Health.
“I hope Amy’s story helps to emphasize that self-harm is all too real, it’s not about attention-seeking or something to reject, and every young person deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. We also hope it highlights safe ways for people to take care of themselves if they are hurting themselves to cope with difficult feelings.”
And finally, Lorna Fraser, Head of Media Advisory at Samaritans, said: “Great care should be taken with stories of self-harm, but sensitive portrayals, which depict a character overcoming difficult times and show a full recovery. hope, can encourage others to ask for help.
“Young people, especially women of Amy Mitchell’s age, are most likely to consider self-harm, so we were delighted to help a hugely popular soap opera like EastEnders maximize the positive impact of its story. Hopefully Amy’s story will help start meaningful conversations around mental health and self-harm, which is a major public health issue.”
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