EastEnders airs Amy Mitchell breakthrough in self-harm story

The following article contains discussion of themes including self-harm.

EastEnders spoilers follow.

EastEnders has aired a breakthrough in Amy Mitchell's self-harm story.

The teen was caught harming herself by Sam Mitchell, leading to a fraught aftermath as her father Jack Branning struggled with how to help his daughter.

While Jack confiscated Amy's self-harm kit, she has since stolen a pair of scissors from Denise's salon without anyone knowing.

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Thursday's (November 17) edition of EastEnders featured Jack taking Amy to see a therapist, but it didn't turn out well because Amy had trouble opening up with her dad.

Later, Denise discovered the scissors had been stolen, so she had a quiet word with Amy where the teen could finally open up about how she's struggling.

In a heartbreaking scene, Amy lifted her sleeve to show Denise how she'd been harming herself. The two broke down in tears, yet Denise turned it into a positive moment.

"Thank you for trusting me with that," Denise told her step-daughter. "Amy, I love you."

Amy was shown in her room later in the episode, as she gazed at a photo of her friend group with tears in her eyes.

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Meanwhile, Jack turned to Sam Mitchell for support, then showed up drunk back at home. Denise explained she'd put together a kit to heal Amy's wounds if she tries hurting herself again.

"I am helping her be safe while she's working on new ways to cope with what she's going through. Safer ways," Denise told Jack.

She then explained: "She is not in the wrong, here. She has these feelings and she has to cope with them, and this is how she's doing it. If we take this away from her, without helping her to put something else in its place, something safer, we're abandoning her!"

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Denise revealed to Jack that she's terrified after seeing Amy's wounds, telling him: "She needs to know that you love her!"

Jack broke down into tears, as he confessed: "I don't know what to do."

The two embraced as this latest episode concluded…

EastEnders airs on Mondays - Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One. The show also streams on BBC iPlayer.

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If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov.

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