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Coronation Street's Gary to make emotional plea to Maria over Liam

Coronation Street spoilers follow.

Note: This story discusses topics including suicidal ideation/thoughts and bullying.

Coronation Street’s Gary Windass is to make an emotional plea to Maria Connor over her son Liam, following his mental health struggles.

Liam’s bullying ordeal has played out over the last few months on the soap, with the teenager’s life being made a misery by Mason Radcliffe and Dylan Wilson.

Last week, the situation took a much darker turn, with Maria and Gary discovering that Liam had been researching ways to end his own life.

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They rushed back to the flat to find Liam safe and well, but the shocking discovery led him to finally tell the truth about what he had been through — and the full extent of his bullying ordeal.

Maria made an appointment for Liam with Dr Gaddas, where he emotionally opened up about his suicidal ideation, admitting that he saw it as a way out as he just wanted everything to stop.

Since then, viewers have seen Maria sleeping on the floor of Liam’s bedroom, refusing to leave him on his own despite her son’s protests to leave him alone.

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This continues into next week, with Maria keeping a close watch on her son out of fear that he could still take his own life.

In scenes that will air on Friday, March 1, a concerned Gary tells Maria that they need to come up with a better long-term plan for Liam’s welfare.

While he has been supportive of her actions so far, he warns her that she is in danger of making herself ill by watching him at all hours of the day and night.

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When Liam and Maria spoke to Dr Gaddas, she referred him for specialist mental health support through an NHS Service called CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services).

However, she stressed that the waiting list for this service was very long and Liam would likely have to wait months before he received support.

How will the family move forward in the meantime?

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV1 and streams on ITVX.

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Coronation Street has been working on Liam's storyline with support from the National Bullying Helpline (0300 323 0169 between 9am-5pm on weekdays, and 10am-12 midday on Saturdays, or email help@nationalbullyinghelpline.co.uk).

Further organisations which can offer help include Samaritans on 116 123 or Mind on 0300 123 3393. Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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