The third Monday of January is commonly been referred to as Blue Monday, ‘the most miserable day of the year’.
This is traditionally because credit card bills after Christmas would be invoiced on this day. However, more recently people associate Blue Monday with the return to back to work after Christmas.
Why is Brew Monday important?
Brew Monday is a reminder to reach out to loved ones and discuss how you are feeling over a warm drink. Mental health charity Samaritans aims to put an end to the beliefs around Blue Monday with the reason being everyone has good and bad days and the calendar should not decide emotions.
Samaritans volunteers were at Bournemouth Train Station from 8am- 1pm handing out tea and mental health advice to commuters.
One of the volunteers, Anna was giving out tea bags to people. She wants people to feel warmth over a cup of tea:
“Have a cup of tea with a friend and feel the warmth of a human connection”.
Anna also added: “Samaritans love to outreach in person, as well as being available 24/7 online and over the phone. Also to raise our profile so that people know there is a service just for you to use and to reach out to at anytime”.
You can watch the interview with Anna here
Samaritans provide listening tips as well as advice. This details how to be a good listener and how to support people who are going through difficult times. You can speak to Samaritans at Pokesdown Railway Station this evening from 4pm- 6pm.
If you or anyone else you know have been struggling emotionally or need someone to talk you can contact Samaritans by calling 116 123 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org