CORONER’S SERINDA SWAN ON THE IMPORTANCE OF PORTRAYING JENNY’S STRUGGLES ON SCREEN

For Swan, one of the most important parts to Jenny’s story is that “you see her struggle.” With the stigma that still exists around mental health, depictions of the various forms it can take in the media are important now more than ever.

Jenny Cooper is a woman trying to pick up the pieces of her life, and keep it together enough to move on in her job as Toronto’s new coroner. And really, who among us can’t relate to that? Aren’t we all just constantly trying to keep it together and make it through the day? For Jenny, it’s proving to be much harder than anticipated though, especially since she recently discovered that her husband left behind all kinds of money issues for her to deal with. In last week’s premiere episode of Coroner, airing Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on CBC, Jenny could be seen dealing with those issues, as well as her problems with anxiety, as she listened to self help tapes and took a prescribed medication. By showing this side to Jenny, as well as her ongoing sessions with a therapist, Coroner is depicting a struggle faced by many, and in the process helping to end the stigma around mental health.

“Mental health is an ongoing battle and is something most people struggle with in one capacity or another. The problem is that it’s so stigmatized and people just hear ‘oh, you’re crazy!’ No, hold on,” Jenny’s portrayer Serinda Swan recently told The TV Junkies. She says that similar to a lot of people, trauma brings a lot of Jenny’s problems to the surface. “With the death of her husband, it starts coming out in very bizarre ways like by seeing a dog, or having to rely on Ativan and go see a therapist.”

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