It’s the start of a new week! And as if Mondays aren’t hard enough, today is what is known as Blue Monday – apparently the most “depressing” day of the year. Do you believe in Blue Monday? Or is it just another day for you? Today’s post is all about Blue Monday – what it is, and how to make today better for you in general whether you believe in Blue Monday or not!
Christmas is well and truly over, our bank accounts have taken a rather large hit, and the weather isn’t exactly the best we’ve ever experienced. New Year’s Resolutions are beginning to be forgotten, the workload is piling up again, and really and truly everything just seems to suck. Maybe not for everyone, but for the majority of people, today is not a good day. Personally? Well, personally I could’ve done with another couple of hours in bed, but I get to start my new job today, so I suppose I can’t complain!
While Blue Monday isn’t exactly a scientifically proven day, each year this day is calculated based on a series of different things, many of them listed above. Generally around the 3rd Monday in January, Blue Monday was first “discovered” back in 2005, and the date each year is “calculated” by the following formula.
While this is a topic that will be discussed on radio stations and other talk shows today, many of people disregard Blue Monday, and for very good reason.
Anyone living with depression, or any other mental illness, will tell you – the date is completely irrelevant to how you will feel on a certain day. For these people, Blue Monday could be every day, or a Tuesday, or really just any day in general – in essence, it doesn’t exist. The mental health charity, Mind, want to “bust the Blue Monday Myth”. In a statement on their website, Stephen Buckley states that
“There is no credible evidence to suggest that one day in particular can increase the risk of people feeling depressed. There are of course certain things that may make people feel down at this time of year, such as post-Christmas financial strains, broken New Year’s resolutions, bad weather and short daylight hours. However, depression is not just a one day event.”
If you would like to read more in this article, you can find it by clicking on this link. While the article itself is 2 years old, it is still very much true, and it is for that reason that the rest of this post shall disregard the actual day itself.
So regardless of whether or not today is your Blue Monday, or for any other day you are suffering, please do not sit in silence. There are always people to listen to you, talk to you if you’d like them to, and most importantly there is always always always someone willing to help – all you have to do is ask them. Below are some phone numbers and websites that you may find useful. Or if you want someone to listen, my contact information is here, or you can reach out to me on any of my social media platforms. I may not reply straight away, but I will always do my best to reply as soon as possible.
Phone: 0845 769 7555 (24-hour helpline)
Phone: 0845 634 1414 (adults) or 0345 634 7650 (for under-25s)
A NATIONAL VOICE
Phone: 0800 1111
CRUSE BEREAVEMENT CARE
Phone: 0844 477 9400 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15-35.
Charity for sufferers of depression and has a network of self help groups.
Phone: 020 7008 0151
MUSLIM YOUTH HELPLINE
Phone: 0808 808 2008 (Area served London)
MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION
NATIONAL YOUTH ADVOCACY SERVICE:
Phone: 0300 999 1212 (daily until midnight)
Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD. Offers a course to help overcome your phobia/OCD and has a helpline.
Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am-10pm)
Children’s charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child cruelty.
Phone: 0800 1111 for Childline for children (24-hour helpline)
Phone: 0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child (24-hour helpline)
Support for people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Includes information on treatment and online resources.
Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm)
Young suicide prevention society.
Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141 (Mon-Fri,10am-5pm & 7-10pm. Weekends 2-5pm)
To find your local services phone: 0808 802 9999 (daily, 12-2.30pm, 7-9.30pm)
Advice on dealing with domestic violence.
Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline)