There are emotional scenes to be had in EastEnders as Dinah Baker (Anjela Lauren Smith) dies after taking her own life, having been overcome by depression and thinking that her young carer daughter Bailey (Kara-Leah Fernandes) would stand a better chance at life without her.
EastEnders has been working closely with Winstons Wish, a specialist childhood bereavement charity, on the storyline which will follow Bailey after losing her mum.Over the past few months, viewers have seen nine year old Bailey adopting a young carer role and looking after her mother, Dinah.
With a history of mental health problems and recent debilitating medical problems, it soon became clear that Dinah was struggling to cope, which led to her taking her own life. Bailey is now in the care of her father Mitch, and her extended family, the Taylors.
Over the coming weeks, Baileys reaction and grief will be at the centre of the ongoing storyline as her father and the Taylors all rally around to offer their support.
Fergus Crow, CEO of Winstons Wish said: In the UK, on average, someone takes their own life every 90 minutes. Many of these may be the parents and siblings of children who are left overwhelmed and bewildered by what has happened. EastEnders is doing essential work in bringing this issue into the public eye.
Thousands of children and young people in the UK are suffering at any one time, after losing someone close to them through suicide. Its something were very worried about – and while public awareness of suicide is increasingly higher, awareness of the consequences for the children bereaved by suicide is not. My hope is that the storyline will not only raise awareness of the devastating effect suicide can have on children but, most importantly, signpost adults who may be supporting a bereaved child to the support and advice available through Winstons Wish.
Kate Oates (Head of Continuing Drama) told Metro.co.uk: Over the past few weeks, and into this summer, EastEnders has been featuring a range of different stories about mental health. Through characters like Sean, Jean and Bex, weve sought to examine the spectrum of different challenges that so many people face, either openly or in secret, every day.
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