Getting on a train to Blackpool in the early hours of the morning, actor Mark Newsome had hit rock bottom, battling with depression and thoughts of taking his own life. Standing on Blackpool Beach, he picked up the phone to his best mate will, who convinced him to stay.
We shared a call with Mark to hear how he turned his story into a play, why he’s supporting CALM by running Manchester 10k, and how he’s getting comfortable outside of the box.
Growing up in Oldham, Mancunian lad Mark never really felt he fitted in. Outed in Asda to his family, who didn’t know he was gay, Mark has struggled with his identity and mental wellbeing since he was a child, only recently being diagnosed as autistic. In 2017, after years of finding things difficult, it all came to a head:
“Since I was a young child I’ve struggled. I didn’t know I was autistic until I was diagnosed about three years ago and eventually everything got on top of me. I was really depressed, dealing with substance abuse and ended up going to Blackpool to take my own life. That was a really dark time.”
Pulling him out of the hopeless headspace he was in, Mark’s mate Will answered his cry for help – a phone call where they chatted about all the reasons why Mark should stay. Finally, Will joked “Blackpool, what a shit place to die”.