An upcoming tragedy on Coronation Street will force a beleaguered Steve McDonald (Steve McDonald) to confront the current issues with his mental health.
Recent episodes of the ITV soap have seen Steve’s GP grow concerned that the Rovers landlord is suffering with depression, but Steve has so far kept those worries to himself.
Speaking about what lies ahead for the McDonalds, the show’s producer Stuart Blackburn said: “This is a story about Steve battling his secret hidden depression – it’s a storyline that is really close to my heart. In some of the episodes coming up, you’ll see performances from Simon Gregson and Kym Marsh that just prove what wonderful actors they are.”
The coming months will see the depression take hold of Steve and turn him into a shadow of his former self. “He’s a man in chaos. He’s scared and confused and he thinks that stuff like this doesn’t happen to people like him,” continues Blackburn. “He’s absolutely terrified of admitting it.”
The production team has been working with mental health Mind in order to accurately portray the issue of male depression. And Blackburn believes that the subject matter is one that needs discussing more openly: “Obviously depression among men is incredibly widespread and probably not spoken about enough.”
But as Steve’s condition worsens, it takes a devastating event to make him tackle his depression head on. “It will come to a head in January when a tragedy will strike that will force him to face those demons.”
You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s Coronation Street episodes below:
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