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.
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!'”
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.