Emmerdale spoilers follow.
Amy Walsh, who plays Tracy Metcalfe in the ITV soap Emmerdale, has spoken up about the response from fans following her character's experiences with post-natal depression.
Tracy has been struggling with depression for several weeks following the birth of her daughter Frankie, and is preparing to leave her family for good as she fears being alone with her child.
Though it's a difficult storyline to portray, Walsh has seen "so many wonderful and moving messages" from fans about Tracy's struggles, especially from "those who have had their own experiences".
Speaking to Digital Spy and other media outlets, she said: "It highlights how important soaps are – people wish it was on TV years ago when they were struggling. I hope people sitting at home not knowing what they have got might seek help."
Walsh has even screenshotted the messages as they "mean so much" to her.
In next week's episode, we will see Faith Dingle (Sally Dexter) track Tracy down to try to help her, with Walsh confirming that while Tracy is willing to get help, her "one stipulation is not to be near the baby" .
Walsh previously said: "[Tracy] thinks the only way Frankie can be safe is for Tracy to be away from her."
Walsh also explained that she has been overwhelmed by this storyline, particularly as she is not a parent herself and therefore cannot relate to her character's experiences.
She has confirmed, however, that the ensuing storyline will be one of hope as "it's better to speak out and get help" even if it isn't so easy.
"She definitely sees the journey for her getting help and it's important for the audience to see that, rather than the tragedy. We need to show what help is out there," she explained.
Emmerdale airs these scenes on Monday, August 30 and Tuesday, August 31 at 7pm on ITV.
If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, organisations who can offer support include PANDAS on 0808 1961 776 (https://pandasfoundation.org.uk) or PATH (https://path-perinatal.eu/uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov.
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