Coronation Street viewers are in tears over the “heartbreaking” scene in which Ken Barlow tells his son Peter that he attempted suicide
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Coronation Street fans were in tears after a heartbreaking scene in the Wednesday night episode in which Ken Barlow (William Roache) and son Peter (Chris Gascoyne) discussed their mental health issues.
In the segment that was lauded by viewers on social media, Peter told his father that he felt like he couldn’t go on living as he battled liver failure in the hospital after his alcoholism relapse.
Ken later revealed to his son that he had previously battled depression and tried to kill himself 30 years ago.
Heartbreaking: Coronation Street fans were in tears after a scene in the Wednesday night episode in which Ken Barlow and his son Peter discussed their mental health problems
He said, “You know I won’t let you give up.”
“Why do you always have to be so positive?” Peter then asked.
Ken replied, “I’ve had my lows too, you know there was a time when I didn’t want to go on, I wanted to end it.
‘New Year’s Eve 1990, thirty years ago today. I was a mess, I had lost everything, my business, my wife, and I knew it was all my fault, I had done it to myself. My affair with Wendy Crozier poisoned everything. ‘
Honestly: In this passage, Peter told his father (pictured) that he felt like he could not go on living as he battled liver failure in the hospital after his alcoholism relapse
Ken later told Peter that he had “a bottle of pills” and swallowed three before being stopped by Bet Gilroy (Julie Goodyear).
He continued, “I haven’t told anyone, I’ve never had to before.
“It was the lowest I’ve ever been. I was ashamed of who I was, how selfish and thoughtless I had been, really feeling sorry for myself. You know, if I did, if I gave up just think about all the wonderful things that I would have missed. ‘
Ken later recalled the memories he made and the people he had met in the 30 years following his suicide attempt, and admitted that it was “worth it all”.
Then he said, “The pain I felt then is nothing compared to the joy I have had since then.
Candid: Ken later revealed to his son that he had previously battled depression and tried to kill himself 30 years ago
Hopeful: Ken told Peter that he believed things would get better for him
“Peter, please believe me when I say that things are getting better and I believe that this illness will make you better.
“You could have 30 years left and meet your own grandchildren. Many good times ahead, don’t give up yet my son. ‘
On Twitter, viewers announced they were sobbing about the scene, which was also praised for their openness to mental health.
One tweeted, “I loved that scene with Ken and Peter, men talking about their sanity are so important to #corrie.”
Another added, “Ken and Peter’s heat to heart, I cry.”
A third wrote, “This Peter / Ken scene is heartbreaking … #Corrie.”
In tears: On Twitter, viewers revealed they were sobbing over the scene, which was also praised for their openness about mental health