Hollyoaks star Adam Rickitt has revealed a personal link to his character's depression storyline. The actor plays Kyle Kelly on the Channel 4 soap, who recently revealed his own suicidal feelings to Darren Osborne amid his depression battle.
And, speaking recently, Adam revealed that "stuff in [his] own life" has left him feeling "well versed" to tackle the challenging role.
"Mental health’s something I’ve been campaigning about for over 20 years," he told TV Life. "It can never be addressed too much."
He added: "I’ve been an advocate for discussing mental health and also a counsellor.
"I’ve also gone through stuff in my own life so I feel well versed to be able to give a voice to what’s an incredibly important message.
"That’s not to say I know everything, so I spoke to researchers but the majority of it has come from personal experience and from other people’s experiences I’ve heard about through counselling them."
Adam's revelation follows him previously stating how he's proud that Hollyoaks has addressed the issue of mental health and depression.
"I think it's amazing, I genuinely do," he told Inside Soap.
Hollyoaks airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first-look episodes airing on E4 at 7pm. Wednesdays through Fridays on E4 feature classic episodes called Hollyoaks Favourites.
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