Exclusive: Home & Away's Belinda Giblin on Martha's mental health storyline

Daniel Kilkelly, Joe Anderton
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From Digital Spy

Home and Away spoilers follow for UK viewers.

Home and Away's Martha Stewart is going to feature in some upsetting scenes next week, when she accuses her loved ones of her keeping her prisoner. It has been previously established in the show that Martha has Borderline Personality Disorder, and now the Aussie soap is going to explore that in further detail.

Speaking about the storyline to Digital Spy, actress Belinda Giblin said: "Her hallucinations are created in her mind. She does genuinely see (Kierna), well in her mind she sees him. All the hallucinations are of him being lovely to her.

Photo credit: Endemol Shine - Channel 5
Photo credit: Endemol Shine - Channel 5

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"She's creating the fantasy she wants and he's being 'Mum, I love you, I've missed you so much. I just want us to be together, start again and to have a fresh start.' They're all like that – none of them are menacing. The real conversations with him are menacing...

"What really needs to happen is she needs to make amends with Roo and to explain herself because she's never done that with her. She's never talked properly about what it's like. I think that conversation needs to be had.

"She's done the same already with Alf and he now knows what he needs to do to take care of Martha when this happens. It's not about him... it's about Martha. What she needs is rehab of course, and having people around to talk to about it."

Photo credit: Endemol Shine - Channel 5
Photo credit: Endemol Shine - Channel 5

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Belinda also opened up about the pressure to do the storyline, her research and, of course the disorder, justice with her performance.

"You've got to be careful you don't exaggerate it and over-dramatise it and turn it into melodrama," she explained. "I would always err on the side of less is more.

"When you're playing out something like this that involves a mental disorder, you've got to be really careful. I was a little bit nervous about it, but I felt the writers did a good job of it."

Home and Away airs these scenes on Thursday, March 18 and Friday, March 19 at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5.

We would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. 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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