EastEnders' Mick Carter to contemplate taking own life

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 17 December 2020
Danny Dyer as Mick

Danny Dyer

'EastEnders' character Mick Carter will contemplate taking his own life on New Year's Eve (31.12.20), and the BBC One soap have teamed up with the Samaritans to work on the hard-hitting storyline

'EastEnders' have teamed up with the Samaritans on a new plot which will see Mick Carter contemplate taking his own life.

The former Queen Vic landlord – who is played by Danny Dyer – has been struggling with his mental health in recent weeks as a result of his non-recent sexual abuse, and the return of his abuser Katy Lewis (Simone Lahbib).

The former care worker has been distorting Mick's memories, and things will reach breaking point for him on the soap's New Year's Eve (31.12.20) episode, as he considers suicide.

Jon Sen, Executive Producer of 'EastEnders', said: "This storyline is such a vital one for 'EastEnders' to portray.

"We’ve worked closely with the NSPCC and Survivors UK since the inception of this story and as viewers have watched Mick struggle to come to terms with the truth of what happened to him as a child, we were determined to show the brutal reality and effects that abuse can cause.

"Working with the Samaritans has been invaluable to ensure that Mick’s story is true to life and they’ve been a huge support, offering guidance throughout the process.

"Danny gives an incredible performance and we hope his portrayal of Mick’s trauma will help dispel the stigma that survivors are often burdened with."

It comes just weeks after Mick considered driving his car into a wall in a recent episode, only to be inadvertently stopped when his wife Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) – who has been having an affair with Walford bad boy Max Branning (Jake Wood) – returned to the motor because she had forgotten her shopping bags.

Lorna Fraser, Samaritans’ Media Advice Service lead, said: "Suicide is not inevitable and just having someone there to listen, without judgement, can help save a life.

"We have been pleased to work with 'EastEnders' giving expert advice on Mick Carter’s story, as it’s a chance to explore some of the issues surrounding suicide in a sensitive and considered way. Responsible storylines can help start important conversations and encourage people to reach out for help.

"We would encourage any viewers who have been touched by this storyline to contact Samaritans.

"You don’t have to have reached crisis point to get in touch, sometimes it’s just a case of needing to talk concerns or worries through. Whatever it may be, our amazing volunteers are always here to listen, day and night.

"People can call us confidentially and free of charge on 116123, email jo@samaritans.org or find the details for your local branch at www.samaritans.org."

'EastEnders' have recently been working with NSPCC, the UK’s leading children’s charity, and SurvivorsUK, a specialist service for male and non-binary sexual violence survivors, on the storyline.

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