Coronation Street have been honoured for promoting mental health at the prestigious Mind Media Awards 2018 on Thursday night (November 29).
Up against some impressive competition from the likes of Hollyoaks and Doctors, Corrie’s Aidan Connor storyline, in which the character tragically takes his own life, won in the Soaps and Continual Series category.
Shayne Ward, who played Aidan on the soap, said during the acceptance speech:
We need to keep breaking down those walls. We need to keep talking. I can see in this room there are probably so many people here who are afraid to talk. I just want to let you know personally that you do have a voice and we will listen.”
Coronation Street were already recognised for promoting issues of mental health earlier this year by receiving a Certificate of Commendation from The Queen’s Representative and High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, Dr Robina Shah, in recognition of services to humanity through Coronation Street’s narrative of the everyday lived experience of its characters.
The soap, now in it’s 58th year of broadcast, has through the years covered a range of serious social issues, from rape, to eating disorders and now, most recently, suicide. Watched by on average 6 million viewers a night, the continuing drama is a powerful conduit through which ITV can raise awareness and encourage action on important issues like these.
We’re focusing on using our programmes to shape society and create change even more in 2019, and look forward to covering important new topics through all our genres.