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‘Cold Feet’ Star John Thomson Discusses The Impact Of His Male Depression Storyline

'The ripple effect is that people have sought help because of it.'

01/11/2016 12:19

‘Cold Feet’ star John Thomson has admitted that he didn’t realise the impact his male depression storyline would have.

Viewers saw his character Pete Gifford struggle with mental health issues, and considering completing suicide in the most recent series, with many taking to Twitter to praise the scenes when they aired.

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Speaking to the Huffington Post UK at the Pride Of Britain Awards, John opened up about the various responses he’s had from fans.

“I’ve had huge reactions,” he said. “People have said they’re depressed, telling me: ‘Your storyline is the most genuine depiction of male depression of a man of that age. I know I’m going through it, I need to do something about it.’

“People have told me they’ve gone to the doctor. I didn’t realise that would be the ripple effect of my portrayal.”

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Pete contemplated ending his life

“But it’s Mike’s story. Mike Bullen, the show’s writer, went through it,” he continued. “It’s his personal journey that I have played, so I’ve done it justice, people have believed it.

“The ripple effect is that people have sought help because of it. It’s amazing.”

The ‘Cold Feet’ revival was a huge hit with TV fans, and ITV bosses have confirmed that the show will be back again next year.

The finale, in particular, was praised by both viewers and critics, and featured the surprise return of a fan favourite.

Useful websites and helplines:
  • Mind, open Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm on 0300 123 3393
  • Samaritans offers a listening service which is open 24 hours a day, on 116 123 (UK and ROI - this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill.)
  • Get Connected is a free advice service for people under 25. Call 0808 808 4994 or email: help@getconnected.org.uk
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