Note: The following article contains a discussion of topics including suicide that some readers may find disturbing.
Coronation Street spoilers follow.
Coronation Street aired a dramatic and heartwarming episode tonight (Aug 15) in which Audrey confided in her friends Ken (William Roache), Rita (Barbara Knox), and Roy (David Neilson) with a heartbreaking secret.
The group of friends were enjoying afternoon tea at a posh hotel when Ken’s ex-partner, Claudia (Rula Lenska), arrived to enjoy her own meal with Charles. Ken, Audrey, and Rita eavesdropped on Claudia and Charles until the pair argued and broke up, and Charles stormed out.
Claudia joined the four friends at their table, where Rita remembered that it was Claudia’s birthday not long ago. They then took turns revealing some long-kept secrets.
Rita revealed that she and Ken once had an affair years ago, while Roy hinted that he was arrested for “lewd behavior”, which he called a “misunderstanding”.
Audrey then shocked her friends and viewers alike with a dramatic and devastating reveal. She revealed that three weeks ago she attempted suicide.
As the long-running British soap opera headed into a commercial break, a waiter brought out a birthday cake and sang Happy Birthday. The other hotel guests cheered as Audrey’s friends sat in shock.
“Two glasses of prosecco and I reveal my deepest, darkest secrets, I’m so sorry,” Audrey said. She assured her friends that she had overcome the dark period of her life, but her friends persisted and questioned her about the incident.
Audrey explained that her neighbor took her to the hospital because he found her and thought she was having a stroke. Her friends apologized for not being there for her.
“I’ve let you down,” Rita said. “My oldest and dearest friend was suicidal and I had no idea.”
Audrey told them again that they had done nothing wrong and asked them to change the conversation to something lighter, after which Claudia left, feeling that Audrey would speak more freely if she wasn’t there.
However, once they returned from the bathroom, Rita, Roy, and Ken again politely discussed the incident with Audrey, who admitted that she hadn’t told her children and hadn’t taken the antidepressants her doctor had prescribed.
Roy encouraged Audrey to take the pills or undergo therapy, but Audrey was resistant. The trio of friends proved her worth and took turns talking about her physical and mental ailments to make Audrey feel better.
“To be honest, I feel a lot better being able to trust the three of you,” Audrey said. “I’ll start the tablets tonight, once the prosecco is out of my system.”
Audrey was pleased when her friends said they would like to get together more often, while she promised to start taking antidepressant pills as soon as she got home.
However, the friends were not completely satisfied, so they met independently of Audrey for a “secret meeting”.
They agreed to make plans with Audrey as a group to check in on Audrey on a regular basis without her feeling like they are actively checking up on her. They were careful to push her away or make her feel like a baby.
Monday’s episode ended with a sweet moment with Audrey, who returned to her living room and toasted the neighbor who found her. She took the first antidepressant pill before kissing her wedding ring.
“Life in the girl still, old friend,” said Audrey.
Coronation Street airs Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8pm on ITV and is shown on the ITV Hub.
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We encourage anyone who identifies with the issues raised in this article to reach out. Organizations that can offer support include Samaritans at 116 123 (samaritans.org) or Mind at 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). US readers are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
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