Over the past few weeks, viewers of the hit BBC soap have seen Lee struggle with both his depression and growing financial troubles.
And on last night’s episode, things got too much for Danny Dyer’s on-screen son after his bully work colleague, Oz, goaded him about the robbery at the Queen Vic.
While potentially pregnant wife, Whitney, gave him the cold treatment after learning that he was involved in the pub’s break in after he was arrested.
As he got into his car, Lee was seen breaking down before getting the parking ticket that was displayed on his dashboard and writing the words “I’m sorry” on the back.
EastEnders: Lee Carter has been struggling with his depression and financial woes for a while [BBC]
EastEnders: Viewers were left worried last night after Lee Carter left this suicide note[BBC]
Putting it back on the dashboard, he then got out of the car and walked away as the doof doofs began to play.
Talking about the sensitive subject matter, Samaritans’ media adviser, Lorna Fraser, commended the hit BBC soap for its coverage.
Lorna told the Mirror: “Given the sensitivities with covering the topic of suicide we were pleased that EastEnders came to us for guidance on Lee Carter’s storyline.
“Increasing people’s understanding on the issues surrounding suicide, such as the kinds of problems that can lead a person to experience suicidal feelings and encouraging people to seek help, can help generate conversation and for some this can be a lifeline.
“Coverage of suicide, in drama and news, carries an element of risk, therefore it’s important that guidance is sought.
“Samaritans has been working with the media for over two decades providing expert advice on this.”
EastEnders: Over the last few weeks Danny-Boy Hatchard has been contacted by viewers who have been affected by the depression storyline [BBC]
While Lee Carter actor, Danny-Boy Hatchard, added to the publication: “Lee’s storyline is covering such an incredibly important and serious issue and I can only hope that his journey will encourage people to speak out about their problems and come to realise they are not alone.”
Viewers have been quick to praise both the soap and Danny-Boy over the sensitive storyline, especially after last night’s harrowing episode.
One soap watcher tweeted: “Find Lee Carter’s storyline in #EastEnders so so important. More on #MaleMentalHealth please. Less stigma in the new year!”
“Mental health is too real. But male mental health isn’t discussed as much. Glad they’ve put Lee’s storyline in. #EastEnders,” added another.
EastEnders: Danny-Boy Hatchard has opened up about his Lee Carter suicide storyline [BBC]
Highlighting how well actor Danny Boy Hatchard has been doing in the role, one fan wrote: “Don’t do anything stupid Lee !!! @danboy has been bloody marvellous in this storyline! #EastEnders.”
“Hell of a performance from Danny-Boy Hatchard, really feel for Lee #EastEnders,” tweeted another viewer.
If you’ve been affected by this article or the storyline, you can contact Samaritans on 116123 or visit their website, here.
EastEnders: Last night’s episode ended with Lee Carter leaving a suicide note and walking out of his car – will he change his mind?[BBC][BBC]
Last night’s episode ended with Lee Carter leaving a suicide note and walking out of his car – will he change his mind?
EastEnders continues tonight at 8pm on BBC One.