EASTENDERS’ Bex Fowler WILL try to kill herself in shock suicide scenes, bosses have confirmed.
The BBC One soap is keen for the teenager’s story (Jasmine Armfield) to highlight the potential consequence of not seeking help after viewers have seen Bex struggling to cope.
EastEnders’ Bex WILL try to kill herself in shock suicide scenes, confirms boss[/caption]
In future episodes Lisa Fowler will try to get Bex to share what she’s going through with someone.
However, Bex will continue to suffer in silence and everything comes to a head when she attempts to take her own life wrongly thinking she has no other option.
Boss Jon Sen told The Sun Online: “We wanted to take Bex on a journey which accurately reflected the crises facing many young people today – many of whom, like Bex, struggle under the mounting pressures placed on teenagers today.
“We can encourage others in Bex’s position to realise there’s always help and there’s always hope and we hope that others will be encouraged to start a conversation if they are worried about someone they know.
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“Having worked closely with Samaritans, our wish is that by telling this story we can encourage others in Bex’s position to realise there’s always help and there’s always hope and we hope that others will be encouraged to start a conversation if they are worried about someone they know.”
Martin Fowler’s daughter concerned fans last week by looking disinterested in her own life and future.
Later she was desperate to avoid shopping for University with her mum Sonia.
One viewer typed: “Why Bex wanna drown herself in the bathtub”
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A second said: “That scene with bex going underwater in the bath….. I feel a suicide coming”
Another added: “Are we heading towards a attempted suicide/depression story with bex”
Lorna Fraser, who leads on Samaritans’ Media Advice Service, told Sun Online: “Suicide is not inevitable and media can be a valuable channel to highlight this to the public.
“Handling compelling soap storylines responsibly offers an opportunity to reach a large audience and engage them with the topic of suicide, creating greater awareness of how they can help to prevent suicide and what support is available.”
YOU'RE NOT ALONE
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost – to suicide.
It doesn’t discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It’s the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes. And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet, it’s rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun has launched the You’re Not Alone campaign. To remind anyone facing a tough time, grappling with mental illness or feeling like there’s nowhere left to turn, that there is hope.
To mark World Suicide Prevention Day, over the course of this week, we will tell you the stories of brave survivors, relatives left behind, heroic Good Samaritans – and share tips from mental health experts.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let’s all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others. You’re Not Alone.
For a list of support services available, please see the Where To Get Help box below.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123, or visit Mind’s website.