This week we’re watching Ian Beale in EastEnders. Has the storyline raised awareness of mental health issues?
Successful businessman Ian Beale recently walked out on his family and friends after experiencing a mental breakdown. He was later found sleeping on the streets and looking dishevelled. Even after Ian returned to Albert Square he kept wearing his beanie hat for a number of weeks. Viewers witnessed his emotional reunion with his children after handing over control of his businesses to his daughter Lucy. In recent episodes Ian’s appearance has slowly returned to how he looked before he went missing but his general manner is quiet, withdrawn and lacking in confidence. Do you think the scriptwriters have handled the issue of mental health sensitively? Has the storyline raised awareness of mental health issues? What do you think?
- What? EastEnders, BBC one
- When? Mondays at 8pm, Tuesdays at 7.30pm, Thursdays at 7.30pm and Fridays at 8pm