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I have to congratulate the scriptwriters, producers and directors of Coronation Street for their handling of Simon Gregson’s, alias Steve McDonald’s, depression story line.

It is being portrayed very realistically and sensitively while not fuelling the stigma of 
mental illness. I really believe that this portrayal is making a difference.

My hope is that men who are at present struggling with depression will seek help as a result and that viewers will see that depression and mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. Traditionally, men are not good at seeking help for depression and current statistics show that British men are three times more likely to die by suicide than British women. The recent tragic suicide of the talented actor Robin Williams shows how all too common and heartbreaking this issue is.

Gordon Kennedy

Simpson Square

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