Coronation Street spoilers: Steve McDonald to suffer with depression

"Steve is generally perceived as the joker of the show. But I wanted to get to the heart of Steve and find out what's behind the character," says show boss Stuart Blackburn

Steve McDonald is to be hit by depression in what show boss Stuart Blackburn has described as “a huge storyline” for the Coronation Street stalwart.

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The upcoming plot will follow a medical scare for Steve (Simon Gregson) which will see him fretting that he has skin cancer after doing internet research following the discovery of a mole on his arm. Now, producer Stuart Blackburn has revealed that Steve’s anxiety is part of a larger plotline that will see him face problems with his mental health.

In an interview with Inside Soap, Blackburn said: “There’s a huge storyline coming up that will show Steve battling depression. That’s going to be very interested and unexpected because Steve is generally perceived as the joker of the show. But I wanted to get to the heart of Steve and find out what’s behind the character.

“Depression in men is a subject that isn’t often talked about and there’s still the attitude that it can be tackled with a quick ‘Cheer up, mate! Have a pint!'”

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Depression is the most common form of mental illness, with it affecting one in 12 of the world’s population, and one in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives.