Bex Fowler (Jasmine Armfield) in EastEnders has been having a troublesome few months. She struggled massively with the strain of A-Levels and when it turned a chance that she may get into Oxford University, she discovered the rising strain of attaining sensible grades and household and buddies’ encouragement extremely laborious to handle. With Bex exhibiting little or no curiosity in her future, viewers have just lately develop into involved that Bex is pondering about ending her life.
It’s secure to say her mum Sonia (Natalie Cassidy) has been a lot extra excited about the considered a Fowler attending a prestigious college than Bex is and when her instructor defined that the final person from Walford to get into Oxford was Libby Fox (Holby City’s Belinda Owusu), the strain mounted for Bex much more.
When her dad Martin (James Bye) began working on the chip store in order to earn cash to assist Bex pay for her college charges, it turned clear that speaking to her dad and mom about how she was feeling could be simpler mentioned that carried out. She attended an open day on the college, and somebody she met informed her about taking ADHD tablets and the way it will assist her with the strain – so Bex started taking them, in the hope it will make issues simpler.
Taking remedy you don’t want is rarely a good concept, and shortly Bex started to develop into depending on the tablets. With her crush on Kush Kazemi (Davood Ghadami) additionally growing, taking the remedy and likewise coping with the complicated lifetime of being a teenager, Bex confronted Kush about her emotions in the direction of him with disastrous penalties. With her troubles at Walford and feeling like she didn’t need to be round anybody and face the embarrassment of her crush on Kush, Bex ran away and spent a tough time on the streets of London.
After Bex returned house having being discovered by Stuart Highway (Ricky Champ), her family and friends had been completely happy to see her however the focus was extra on Martin and his anger in the direction of Kush as against how Bex was doing. When it was over, the whole lot returned again to regular and Bex was again to feeling the strain of college – and it appears her family members have as soon as once more taken the attention off the ball in phrases of how she is feeling.
It’s clear Bex seems to be for distractions so she doesn’t must resist the truth that she goes to Oxford. When the day arrived and it was time for Bex to obtain her examination outcomes, she delayed opening the letter for as lengthy as attainable and when she did open them and came upon she had bought the grades for Oxford, she didn’t have the center to inform a very proud Sonia that she didn’t need a celebration in The Vic to have fun. There was an attention-grabbing friendship created throughout this episode with Bex and pub landlord Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) – each are struggling to know what’s happening in their heads, and likewise really feel like they’ll’t inform these near them about it.
More just lately we noticed Bex supply herself up as a hostage in order to save lots of Louise (Tilly Keeper) from Hunter Owen (Charlie Winter) throughout the gun siege episodes and this week’s episodes noticed Louise organise a journalist to interview Bex for an award. As a lot as Louise tried to make her pal do the interview, Bex was reluctant to speak and distracted the journalist in the direction of Sonia who saved Ben Mitchell’s (Max Bowden) life. Louise mentioned to Bex ‘you didn’t care about your individual life in any respect. Hunter may have killed you and also you didn’t again away. You may have been seconds from loss of life and also you simply fronted it out’ – may this have been one other trace that Bex is pondering about ending her life?
With Bex doing her finest to not suppose about her future and on the lookout for distractions as a lot as she can (she wished to take care of her dad’s fruit and veg stall when she learnt there wasn’t anybody to run it), in Monday’s episode we noticed her sink herself into the tub after pictures of Oxford. It’s clear there’s something on her thoughts however who can she flip to? She doesn’t really feel she can converse to Kush after the crush she developed, her finest pal is pregnant and getting ready for the arrival of her child, her mum is so targeted on her transferring away to college and with her dad away, there isn’t actually anybody Bex can speak to however this now begs the query of – why hasn’t anybody observed one thing is flawed?
We know that with such large platforms, UK soaps have the ability to save lots of lives by means of tales about psychological well being. It encourages viewers to start a dialog about psychological well being and with Bex’s storyline, we’re seeing the significance of noticing the indicators that somebody is pondering about ending their life and realising how very important it’s to encourage somebody to open up in the event that they realise that person is feeling beneath strain.
Will Bex have the ability to be sincere about how she is feeling about going to Oxford? If nobody is noticing how susceptible she is, will this story attain a traumatic finish?