Coronation Street has received widespread praise for how sensitively it has handled the tragic death of character Aidan Connor, and for raising awareness of mental health difficulties and the need for people to talk to each other. 

Wednesday night's heartbreaking double episode saw Aidan's family and the residents of Weatherfield discovering that Aidan (played by Shayne Ward) had taken his own life. 

After an outpouring of praise for Ward's nuanced work as the much-loved character, Wednesday's episode was powered by superb performances from all his co-stars including Richard Hawley, who plays Aidan's father Johnny; Catherine Tyldesley as Aidan's former partner Eva; Helen Worth, who plays Gail; and Jack P Shepherd as David. 

Gail's soliloquy was one of the most affecting solo scenes in the history of the ITV soap.

During and after the episode, fans took to social media to express their support:

The episode ended  with a positive message as rape survivor David realised he did not have to face his trauma alone and shared his story with Shona (Julia Goulding).  

The stars of Coronation Street were also on social media connecting with fans and expressing their gratitude for the support they have received:

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If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this story you can contact Pieta House 24/7 Helpline 1800 247 247 or the Samaritans Helpline 116 123.