Coronation Street ‘unveils’ the real reason behind Audrey Roberts’ hospital stay

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Coronation Street viewers will finally learn the truth behind Audrey Roberts' hospital stay, in emotional scenes due to air next week.

Viewers recently saw Audrey receiving hospital treatment after telling the doctor that she had accidently taken too many tablets.

However in scenes due to air on August 15, 2022, Audrey reveals to her close friends Roy, Rita and Ken that her overdose was a suicide attempt.

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During a belated birthday lunch at a hotel, her fellow Weatherfield residents are stunned to learn that Audrey attempted to take her own life three weeks ago – and confess that they feel guilty for not noticing that she was struggling.

Audrey admits to her friends that she had not even told her family about her suicide attempt, and revealed the reasons behind what had happened – including missing her late husband Alfie.

She also reveals that she had began to feel useless and depressed, turning to drink after suffering with her deteriorating eyesight, telling them: "I just seemed to spiral downwards.

"I'd toss and turn all night, then finally drop off just when I should be up and at 'em. Seizing the day. Huh!

"Spend the afternoons on the sauvignon blanc, wondering exactly what I'm good for?”

Speaking about the new storyline, which highlights the issues of mental health and the impact of loneliness in older people, Audrey actress Sue Nicholls said: "Audrey is very sorry for what she has done and certainly her first reaction was to keep it from her family.

"Family do, and will always, mean so much to her despite the sniping now and again.

"She also enjoys and is grateful for being independent and living happily in her own home although the one big regret that has contributed to this latest situation is a wish that dear Alfie was still alive and there with her so that they could have grown old and equally doddery together.

"Her family, busy with their own lives, see her down and upset moments as her not being able to cope with the real world and she feels they have started treating her a bit like a child and she started to feel depressed. She is mostly very healthy and together but her depression seemed to take over totally."

"Once she was able to speak with her friends, and they then opened up about their struggles, she realised how much they had helped her immensely regarding her problems.

She added: "Now that is the message that I want people to take away from this storyline, the importance of being able to talk to people you trust about how you feel.

"Sometimes the young generation might think that anyone over 70 isn’t capable of making decisions which in turn can make older people lose their sense of purpose and begin to feel quite useless."

Sue continued: "I do hope this storyline helps older people reach out and start talking about how they feel and for younger people to be aware of how much the older generation still has to offer."

Talking about the problems you’re facing can make a massive difference, whether that’s with a close friend, family member or support line.

Samaritans can be contacted 24/7, free, on 116 123, email [email protected] or visit www.samaritans.org

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