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Suicide support available in Coventry - Coronation Street highlights need to talk

Published Friday, 11 May 2018

If you have been affected by the Aidan Connor suicide storyline in Coronation Street, help and support is available in Coventry.

Following Coronation Street’s one hour special, which explored the after-effects of the suicide of much loved character Aidan Connor played by Shayne Ward, Coventry City Council is reminding all residents that help and support is available in Coventry for anyone who is experiencing similar issues or who has been bereaved as a result of suicide.

More than three-quarters of suicides in the UK are by men, and it is the biggest killer of males under 45. If you are experiencing mental health distress, contemplating suicide or have been affected by this Coronation Street storyline, there is help available in Coventry with information about all services available from

Cllr Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport, said: “Death by suicide is everybody’s business and we all have a role to play in achieving the zero suicide ambition set out in the Coventry City Council strategy. The hope is that this episode serves as a reminder to our communities in Coventry that it is ‘Okay to talk’ about suicide and mental health and that it can encourage anyone experiencing similar issues to seek the help and support that they need.”

Face-to-face support is available in Coventry through Coventry and Warwickshire Mind’s. Find out more about the support in Coventry here:

Over the telephone – Mental Health Matters and the Samaritans

The Mental Health Matters Telephone Helpline consists of a team of highly trained and experienced support workers who use counselling skills to provide you with emotional guidance and information. Call them free in Coventry on 0800 616171 or visit for more information

The Samaritans helpline can also be accessed 24/7 365 days of the year by telephoning 116 123 from any phone. More information on the Samaritans is available here:

If you have been affected by this episode of Coronation Street, and are struggling to cope, it is also suggested that you consider contacting your GP. If you are receiving support from NHS mental health services you may also like to make contact with your mental health practitioner / team.

 Are you at immediate risk?

If you are at immediate risk of harm, and no longer able to keep yourself safe, dial 999, or ask a trusted person to help you get to your nearest hospital’s emergency department.

Services for people bereaved through suicide

A key feature of the Aidan Connor storyline is the loss felt by his father, portrayed in the show by Richard Hawley. In Coventry, the Samaritans offer face to face support groups for people bereaved by suicide call 116 123 or Survivors of bereavement through suicide offer support and can be accessed here

In addition to the above, the Support After Suicide Partnership have produced a very helpful resource – Help is at Hand – for people dealing with a loss after suicide. This guide can be accessed here:

 More information about mental health services in Coventry are available.

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