Emmerdale’s Amy Walsh opens up on importance of postnatal depression storyline

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Amy Walsh has opened up on the importance of Emmerdale’s postnatal depression storyline and the research she did to make it as realistic as possible. 

The actress, 34, plays Tracy Metcalfe in the soap and is currently portraying the character’s struggle with postnatal depression after the birth of her daughter, Frankie.

In order to portray the difficult scenes as accurately as possible, Amy met with charities as well as women who had experienced postnatal depression in order to be able to channel their experiences on screen. 

She explained during an appearance on Loose Women on Wednesday: ‘We have spoken to case studies directly, I had the real honour of speaking to some women who have been through it directly and they have given me their stories and they have given the scriptwriters their stories and I’ve got to tell them right. 

‘So often I am questioning things and making sure it’s right and double-checking from my notes from them that I am playing it right. 

‘I just want to do it justice for all the people that have been through it.’

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Viewers have seen new mum Tracy arguing on multiple occasions with Nate (Jurell Carter), after finding things overwhelming and the worrying about Frankie getting seriously unwell. 

Amy also spoke of the importance of soaps like Emmerdale tackling hard-hitting issues in the age of social media, where people are usually bombarded with ‘perfect’ and unrealistic glimpses into other people’s lives. 

She explained: ‘It just reminds us how important soaps are. We are so used to seeing the perfect life, people with the perfect baby and the perfect postnatal story on Instagram and social media. 

‘So it brings it to light how important it is for us to see through that third wall into people’s homes and I know it’s not real but it feels like that.’

Loose Women airs weekdays from 12.30pm on ITV. 

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