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EastEnders Mick Carter set to contemplate suicide in New Year’s Eve storyline

EastEnders’ Mick Carter set to contemplate suicide in New Year’s Eve storyline… as actor Danny Dyer continues harrowing portrayal of child sex abuse victim

  • If you have been affected by this story, contact The Samaritans on 116 123 or at www.samaritans.org

EastEnders will feature a heart-wrenching storyline on New Year’s Eve involving Mick Carter contemplating suicide.

The character – played by Danny Dyer, 43 – has been struggling in recent weeks with his past as a victim of child sexual abuse.

And the Queen Vic landlord is set to reach out to The Samaritans as part of the scenes on December 31, which see him come dangerously close to taking his own life.

Harrowing: EastEnders will feature a heart-wrenching storyline on New Year’s Eve involving Mick Carter contemplating suicide

Having already suffered from anxiety and panic attacks in recent episodes, thanks to the return of his former-abuser Katy Lewis [played by Simone Lahbib], Mick will feel he has reached the end of the line.

The Samaritans, along with the NSPCC and Survivors UK, have been involved with the plot line, with a source telling The Sun: ‘It’s something that the writers have worked on for a long time and very sensitively.

‘Mick feels he has no other option and contemplates suicide. It will be a tough but important watch.’

MailOnline has contacted EastEnders for comment. 

Demons: The character - played by Danny Dyer, 43 - has been struggling in recent weeks with his past as a victim of child sexual abuse

Demons: The character – played by Danny Dyer, 43 – has been struggling in recent weeks with his past as a victim of child sexual abuse

Reaching out: The Queen Vic landlord is set to reach out to The Samaritans as part of the scenes on December 31, which see him come dangerously close to taking his own life

Reaching out: The Queen Vic landlord is set to reach out to The Samaritans as part of the scenes on December 31, which see him come dangerously close to taking his own life

Cruel: Mick's breakdown has been thanks to the return of his former-abuser Katy Lewis [played by Simone Lahbib]

Cruel: Mick’s breakdown has been thanks to the return of his former-abuser Katy Lewis [played by Simone Lahbib]

Soap viewers have watched as Mick continues to be manipulated by Katy, who has been twisting his memories and convincing him he has made up his childhood traumas.

The show’s executive producer Jon Sen said: ‘This storyline is such a vital one for EastEnders to portray.

‘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.

Heart-breaking: Soap viewers have watched as Mick continues to be manipulated by Katy, who has been twisting his memories and convincing him he has made up his childhood traumas

Heart-breaking: Soap viewers have watched as Mick continues to be manipulated by Katy, who has been twisting his memories and convincing him he has made up his childhood traumas

The end? Having already suffered from anxiety and panic attacks in recent episodes, Mick will feel he has reached the end of the line

The end? Having already suffered from anxiety and panic attacks in recent episodes, Mick will feel he has reached the end of the line

Nasty: Soap viewers have watched as Mick continues to be manipulated by Katy, who has been twisting his memories and convincing him he has made up his childhood traumas

Nasty: Soap viewers have watched as Mick continues to be manipulated by Katy, who has been twisting his memories and convincing him he has made up his childhood traumas

‘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.’

Samaritans rep Lorna Fraser said: ‘Suicide is not inevitable and just having someone there to listen, without judgment, 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.’

If you have been affected by this story, contact The Samaritans on 116 123 or at www.samaritans.org

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