Former Coronation Street star Shayne Ward has said that although the tragic storyline involving his character Aidan Connor had an "incredible" impact, men are still not talking enough about their problems.

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

On Thursday's episode of ITV talk show Lorraine, Ward said he was still seeing the positive impact of the 2018 story in his daily life, but there is more work to do.

"We had to tackle such a scary taboo that us guys do not talk - and we're still not talking," he told host Lorraine Kelly.

Shayne Ward as Aidan Photo: Coronation Street/ITV

"But I still get inundated with incredible messages of bravery from a lot of men saying thank you. Not just to myself, but the whole team as a collective. I get men beeping their horns, giving the thumbs up still."

"I gave a hug to a guy in a shopping centre recently," Ward continued. "I was just paying for something and he said his mum was a fan and then he just put out his hand and I knew what he was doing.

"He just said, 'I want to say thank you, because I was in that place last year'. And he's in an amazing place now."

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