Hollyoaks is set to tackle the subject of male suicide, the biggest killer of men in the UK, in a hard hitting storyline that will see Kyle Kelly (Adam Rickitt) take his own life in devastating scenes.
While the storyline began before the pandemic, charities have stressed the current importance of highlighting suicide prevention
Kyle will tragically take his own life in the lead up to his wedding to Nancy. Hollyoaks will not play out Kyle’s death on screen, but the aftermath of his loss will be explored as Kyle’s friends and family come to terms with the news and the effect the bereavement has on their children and Nancy.
In December 2018, Hollyoaks won the ‘Making A Difference’ Award at the MIND Media Awards, which celebrate the best possible representations of mental health by the media. In April the storyline was supported on social platforms with a ‘month of listening’ to help provide tools to support people in difficulty with their mental health.
In tonight’s E4 episode we saw Kyle’s issues overtake him, as he spirals out of control through drug misuse and depression.
Sadly, Kyle will not recover from his illness and before his wedding to Nancy he will take his own life.
Hollyoaks will in future months explore the effect his suicide has on his friends and family.
Adam said: ‘As sad as I am to say goodbye to Kyle, I have loved being a part of Hollyoaks. It’s been a fantastic show to work on. To be able to leave telling a story that is so important and so challenging is more than I could ever have asked for, and like me, I hope viewers will find strength in its telling.’
Adam Rickitt spoke exclusively to Metro.co.uk about the storyline. You can read what he has to say at midnight.
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