Furious Holby City fans slam show for graphic self-harm scenes with no warning onscreen

HOLBY City upset fans last night as the soap failed to give warning about graphic self-harm scenes.

A message was posted on the BBC Holby City Twitter page with a link to get help if viewers were affected by the scenes.

But it was pointed out there should have been a content warning from the BBC ahead of the show airing.

One viewer said: "Why has this episode not got a “ scenes viewers may find distressing parental lock red thingy?

"This last scene was very traumatic and upsetting/distressing. Please do something about this urgently!"

Another added: "I have been over 7 years clean from self harming and I found that so tough to watch. I had to look away. But thank you for bringing awareness to it!"


EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.

It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.

It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.

And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.

Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.

That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.

The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.

Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.

If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:

  • CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
  • Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
  • Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
  • Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
  • Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123

A Holby City spokesman wrote on Twitter: "If you need help and support with issues around abuse and self-harm, please visit our website."

At the end of last night's episode Henrik Hanssen was seen self-harming after Reyhan's death.

After an alarm was raised over the suspicious way he died, Hanssen immediately looked worried.

He knew he was in the frame as the killer because Reyhan had been awaiting trial before his death after being accused of sexually abusing one of his school pupils.

Hanssen was due to give evidence about his own abuse by Reyhan when he was a child.

  • If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this article, please call the Samaritans for free on 16123.
  • Holby City continues Tuesday, May 11 at 7.50pm on BBC One

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