Brew Monday January 18th
Brew Monday 2021 is an initiative by the Samaritans to stay connected. It is held on the third Monday of the year, often referred to as “Blue Monday”. Given the shorter days, post Christmas slump, return to work and poor weather, Blue Monday has been regarded the most depressing day of the year. Brew Monday aims to increase the positivity of this day by encouraging people to “reach out, check in and stay connected”. If you have a support session with someone today, or are engaging others in support, why not grab your best mug, your favourite beverage and talk about how you are feeling?
Remember, looking after our mental health is important every day and steps can be taken every day of the year to protect it. Mental health and depression can affect us at any time of the year. Please recognise that you are not alone, speak to someone you know and ask for help if you feel you are struggling. If you know of someone who may be affected, check in with them and ask them “how are you, really?”. Sharing a drink and the opportunity to connect may be just what they needed.
For more information please look at https://www.samaritans.org/support-us/campaign/brew-monday/.
For more information and support regarding mental health:
Saneline. National telephone helpline for anyone coping with mental illness, including concerned relatives or friends.
Helpline: 0845 767 8000
Mind. National charity providing advice and support for anyone experiencing a mental health problem.
CALM (Campaign against living miserably)
Charity dedicated to the prevention of male suicide. They provide telephone or webchat support year round, as well as education and support for families and friends post-suicide
Freephone: 0800 58 58 58 (nationwide) Hours: 5pm – midnight, 365 days a year
Author: Cat Robinson, Specialist Mental Health Mentor at The Learning Support Centre.