Holby City fans find Jac's scenes hard as mental health story continues

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Holby City viewers found Jac Naylor's scenes hard as her devastating storyline continued on tonight's episode (December 10).

Fans have seen Jac (Rosie Marcel) struggling with her mental health over the last few weeks.

In Tuesday's instalment, Jac got admitted to a psychiatric unit in Merrywell following her nervous breakdown in last week's episode.

After she woke up, Jac started wandering around the clinic's corridors when she bumped into a patient, but moments later she was nowhere to be seen. Was Jac's mind playing games with her sanity?

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"When did you last see your daughter?" the old lady asked Jac.

Later on, Fletch (Alex Walkinshaw) paid Jac a visit in an attempt to convince her that the treatment was for her own benefit and her daughter Emma's.

"You're were hurting yourself and you were frightening Emma," Fletch told Jac. But the conversation didn't go as well as Fletch expected when Jac got angry with him for confining her in a clinic.

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Next to see Jac was Sacha Levy (Bob Barrett) but his visit wasn't received any better. He tried a different tactic with her, explaining that there's a whole community of people who've gone through similar things.

Sacha then thanked Jac for being there for him when he was depressed, but that only prompted Jac to lash out at him as she denied being weak and having a mental health problem.

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Things escalated further when Jac physically attacked Sacha, after which she finally surrendered and agreed to start her medical treatment.

Safe to say, viewers at home struggled with Jac's devastating breakdown – but many have once again praised Rosie Marcel's stellar performance during the tense scenes.

After getting a visit from her friend Elliot, Jac finally started considering the advice of her three wise friends who may have been right after all.

Will Jac finally fight her inner demons?

Holby City airs on Tuesdays at 8pm on BBC One.

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 or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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