Samaritans works with Hollyoaks on Scott Drinkwell’s storyline
Samaritans has been working with the cast and crew of Channel 4’s Hollyoaks on a plotline where Scott Drinkwell, a fun loving, gay, flamboyant character, tries to take his own life.
When writers decided that Scott would attempt suicide, the company that makes the soap, Lime Pictures, approached Samaritans to ensure the storyline was dealt with well and that the subject matter was handled responsibly.
Actor Ross Adams, who plays Scott, said: “He constantly hides his hurt and true feelings with humour but for the first time we will see his mask slip. There’s always been an inner fragility to Scott, but his camp, flamboyant personality is the perfect disguise and ensures that no one ever sees it. Things eventually become too much and there are heart-breaking consequences.
“I feel hugely privileged to have been trusted with such an important storyline. I’ve had amazing support from Hollyoaks’ research team, who organised a workshop with advisors from Samaritans and the mental health charity, MIND. Also, talking to people who have suffered from depression gave me a much-needed insight into what Scott is going through. I hope the storyline will encourage people in a similar position to speak out and get the help they need.”
Samaritans’ Media Advisor, Lorna Fraser, who took part in the workshop and helped with scripting and shooting the scenes, said: “When handled responsibly, drama can be a really effective way of raising awareness and creating better understanding of issues that we know young audiences want to talk about. Samaritans was pleased that Hollyoaks asked us to advise on Scott’s storyline. I hope it will encourage anyone who might otherwise feel they have to suffer in silence with difficult thoughts or feelings to open up and get the help they need.”
Scott’s attempted suicide storyline runs in episodes from Friday 9 June on E4 and Monday 12 June on C4. Following these events, the drama will show Scott learning to be more honest about his feelings, rather than wearing a mask, forming part of Hollyoaks’ #Don’tFilterFeelings mental health campaign.
Following Monday’s episode, Ross Adams will be talking live to Samaritans’ Lorna Fraser on facebook from 7pm. You can join in their discussion and put questions to Ross or Lorna at: https://www.facebook.com/hollyoaks/
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Picture captions: Ross Adams plays Hollyoaks’ Scott Drinkwell.
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