Hollyoaks fan tells Ashley Taylor Dawson Kyle’s suicide storyline saved their life

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A Hollyoaks fan has revealed how a suicide storyline saved their life.

In the Channel 4 soap last year character Kyle Kelly took his own life.

5 Live contributor John told Ashley Taylor Dawson, who plays Kyle's friend Darren Osborne in Hollyoaks, said if it wasn't for the plot, they wouldn't be alive today.

John told how watching the suicide play out and the devastating effect it had on Kyle's family made them change his mind.

They said: "If that storyline wasn't there, I would not be here… I'd be dead that's the reality of it. You have saved my life."

5 Live contributor John told Hollyoaks star Ashley Taylor Dawson that Kyle's suicide storyline on the Channel 4 soap saved their life
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Kyle and Darren in Hollyoaks
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John told Ashley: "You don't understand how appreciative I am because I wasn't even going to watch that episode.

"I wasn't going to watch it because I was just going to end it… I'm shaking because I just can’t believe that this has happened."

They continued: " Nancy and Darren distressed and coming together… it hit home, it hit something. Imagine my mum finding me.

John said if it wasn't for the storyline, they wouldn't be alive today
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"It was absolutely incredibly amazing, I can't explain it.”

Ashley was clearly touched by what John had told him.

He said: "You know what I find interesting about that, John… you'd already planned it, you'd already said that you were going to go ahead with it, and you'd already thought about that scenario, but it was actually seeing it being played out.

Darren was touched by John's comments
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"So what I'm saying is, for everyone there might be a different avenue for them to open up – sometimes it takes something else to trigger than impulse and see a different route, maybe."

* John and Ashley were speaking together on BBC Radio 5 Live Drive

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