Emmerdale spoiler sees Paddy’s disappearance take a turn for the worstFebruary 11, 2023
Emmerdale's Paddy Kirk's life could be on the line, as the long-running ITV soap embarks on a storyline about mental health and male suicide, with the character contemplating ending his life amid his disappearance.
Viewers have seen Paddy's mental health worsen ever since he discovered his wife Chas Dingle's affair with the late Al Chapman.
And while Chas has attempted to reconcile with Paddy, he has continued to keep his estranged wife at arm's length, and recently reconnected with former flame Mandy Dingle.
However, after spending the night with Mandy rather than rekindling their romance after all these years, Paddy instead disappeared from the Dales.
His disappearance will be a cause of a concern for his friends and family, who organise a search party and call the police.
PC Swirling arrives on the scene with some rather mixed news, as he tells the Dingle clan that there has been a sighting of Paddy. However with CCTV showing the sighting, this means that the police can scale back their search efforts as it seems he is not in any danger.
The news leaves Paddy's father Bear furious, and both Chas and Mandy continue their own investigation, ultimately discovering that Paddy has been hiding out at a guest house not far from the village.
However, as the two women continue their efforts to find them, it becomes clear that Paddy has been watching them and has no plans to currently return to the village.
As Paddy's storyline continues into March, he will return to the village and begin to say veiled goodbyes to his family and friends, before once again leaving the Dales, this time with the intention to end his life.
Emmerdale researchers and writers have worked closely with both Samaritans and Andy's Man Club, in order to cover this storyline as authentically as possible.
Speaking about this storyline, actor Dominic Brunt, who plays Paddy, said: "It’s a huge honour and a great responsibility to be portraying this storyline. It’s an inherent problem in today’s society that most men don’t talk enough about their problems.
"We bottle them up, we don’t want to bother anyone, we become embarrassed, we feel we should be strong and not show weakness. If this story can shine a light on the issue or make even a small change to someone’s outlook or viewpoint, then it will have been worth it."
"It’s also a privilege to be working alongside The Samaritans and Andy’s Man Club in highlighting this issue."
Emmerdale producer Laura Shaw continued: "As soon as we started discussing this story we knew that it was vital for us to get it right and that we needed to open up the conversation about male depression and suicide.
"Paddy is usually very happy-go-lucky in life, always joking and having a laugh, but what we see is that recent events have really taken their toll. Despite him being popular and having lots of friends and family around him, Paddy starts to feel increasingly lonely, isolated and overwhelmed by his feelings and this leads to him having some very dark thoughts.
"We've worked really closely with Samaritans and Andy's Man Club every step of the way through this story and their incredible support and insight has helped us to shape Paddy's journey into a true reflection of what thousands of men sadly go through every year."
If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.
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