Emmerdale shares details of special male-only episode
The following article contains discussion of themes including suicide.
Emmerdale spoilers follow.
The men of Emmerdale will gather at The Woolpack to open up on their mental health in an upcoming powerful episode.
The ITV soap has revealed further details of its first-ever male-only special airing on March 10, tying in with Paddy Dingle's depression storyline.
In new scenes, the village is dealing with the aftermath of Paddy's suicide attempt and Marlon is worried he won't get through to his best friend to properly support him.
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Together with Chas and Bear, Marlon is relieved when Paddy announces he intends to see a therapist. But a disheartening waitlist concerns Marlon, who tries to connect with Paddy.
For his part, the character played by Dominic Brunt is frustrated Marlon can't give him the space he needs.
Later on, Chas's words to Marlon prove to be crucial. When she reminds him women are generally better at dealing with their emotions and talking openly with friends, Marlon is determined to act on her comments.
It all comes together when Jimmy says that having his community at the pub is a form of therapy for him. Before long, Marlon decides to combine the two in a late-night pub lock-in.
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Cain, Jimmy, Liam, Bob, Charles, Sam, Nate and Bear are all in attendance, as Marlon encourages them to speak about their past and current experiences. As they start opening up on their concerns, they play a game of darts.
Marlon hopes Paddy will join them and be open to talking about his feelings, but will his well-meaning plan work?
For the episodes tackling male depression, Emmerdale has been working closely with suicide prevention groups Samaritans and Andy's Man Club, hoping to shine a light on the issue.
Emmerdale airs on weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV1, and streams on ITVX.
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We encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Emmerdale has been working on Paddy's storyline with support from Samaritans and Andy's Man Club.
Further information about how to access support is available via the NHS, and organisations who 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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