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I admit, I enjoy sitting down at 10pm on weeknights and tuning in to catch up on my favorite soap opera, General Hospital. (I credit my grandma for getting me into this show!) Though I love GH, I kind of also wish I lived in Ireland so I could tune in to a storyline on one of their soaps, Emmerdale.
Emmerdale character Jackson Walsh, who was paralysed in a road accident last year, has been showing signs of depression recently. It has been reported that he will get his boyfriend and mother to help him take his life by crushing tablets into his drink, although producers of the soap aired on ITV and TV3 have refused to comment on the storyline.
But Spinal Injuries Ireland (SII), which helps 9,000 patients and their families, says it is wrong to only show the negative impact of living with such an injury. It said it will distress individuals with a similar injury, particularly those in the early stages of their injury when they are at their most vulnerable.
"We have had members on to us worried about the storyline ... The fear and anxiety this storyline is causing is unnecessary."
More on SII's reaction.
More outcry over the storyline here.
Read the actor's reaction to the role.
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