In tonight’s Emmerdale, Tracy's ongoing struggles with postnatal depression took a turn for the worse.
At the start, Nate told Tracy (Amy Walsh) she's going to have more alone time with baby Frankie as he takes on more work. Tracy seemed concerned, but assured Nate: "I'm fine! Stop worrying about me."
Later, Gabby asked her for advice on her pregnancy and it's clear Tracy is struggling. She told Gabby: "It's all the other mums in the world that have down all that practical stuff."
Despite repeatedly telling friends that she was fine and "just tired", Frankie's crying while Tracy was home alone with her started to get under Tracy’s skin.
She reflected on her relationship with her father, reminiscing about him not being around, but their relationship getting better as she got older. "He loved me, and that's all that really matters, isn't it?"
The storyline following Tracy and her struggles with postnatal depression has been building over several weeks, and tonight it came to a climax.
Tracy took Frankie to a deserted bridge outside the village and looked out over the edge, haunted by all of the past compliments from her loved ones about her parenting. But after a few minutes, the voices disippated.
We next saw her having brought Frankie back to the house. She told Nate she was going out for the night to stay at Priya's and then booked a taxi to secretly leave the village.
While Nate was bonding with Frankie and reading her a bedtime story, a taxi arrived at the bus stop to pick Tracy up. The taxi driver asked if she wanted to book a ride back to the village for later, but she told the driver she wasn't coming back.
Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays.
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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