EastEnders to release special mental health series

EastEnders will release a special series of videos revolving around mental health, with Natalie Cassidy set to interview stars of the soap.

As part of the BBC’s wider focus on mental health, Cassidy, who plays Sonia Fowler on the soap, will speak to cast members about some of the show’s issue-based storylines.

The EastEnders content will be available across social media, and will supplement other material from Busted member Matt Willis and professional boxer Carl Frampton. There will also be discussions on the subject on other BBC shows such as The One Show and Countryfile.

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There will also be special programmes across all of the BBC’s radio stations, with additional content being planned across the BBC Bitesize website.

The projects will bolster the materials found on BBC Headroom, with the current series being organised by Arrow and Supergirl star David Harewood.

“Mental health problems are very common. Some people need lifelong support and understanding, and this is why I’m supporting the BBC’s Mental Health season,” Harewood said of the project.

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Charlotte Moore, the Chief Content Officer for the BBC, said of the projects: “The BBC has a long commitment to tackling mental health issues in our programming and with many people still living through challenging times, it’s important that we continue to raise awareness and provide help and support.

“This year we are marking Mental Health Awareness Week with a wide range of content across television, radio and digital including documentaries, specially curated playlists, discussion and expert tips and advice,” she continued. “I hope it will give people the tools they need to look after their own wellbeing as well as helping them to support those close to them.”

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

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