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Blue Monday

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.

Black Friday Formula
Blue Monday Formula. Sourced from The Sun – https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2549098/blue-monday-2018-january-15/

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.

ANXIETY UK

A Charity that provides people with support if they have been diagnosed with Anxiety.
Phone: 08444 775 774 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm)
Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

Phone: 0845 769 7555 (24-hour helpline)
Website: www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

BEAT

Phone: 0845 634 1414 (adults) or 0345 634 7650 (for under-25s)
Website:www.b-eat.co.uk

BIPOLAR UK

A charity for people living with Bipolar disorders or manic depression.

A NATIONAL VOICE

CHILDLINE

Emotional support For young people and Children relating to bullying, Child abuse and more.

Phone: 0800 1111

CRUSE BEREAVEMENT CARE

Phone: 0844 477 9400 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
Website:www.crusebereavementcare.org.uk

CALM

CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15-35.
Website:www.thecalmzone.net

DEPRESSION ALLIANCE

Charity for sufferers of depression and has a network of self help groups.
Website:www.depressionalliance.org

FORCED MARRIAGES

Service provided by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to protect young people from forced marriages abroad. Service offers help to young people in these circumstances to help get them back to the UK.

Phone: 020 7008 0151
Website:www.fco.gov.uk

GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS

MUSLIM YOUTH HELPLINE

Helpline providing culturally sensitive support to Muslim youth under the age of 25. Outreach services including family mediation, face to face counselling and befriending.

Phone: 0808 808 2008 (Area served London)
Website:www.myh.org.uk

MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION

They provide support and information for anyone who has mental health problems or learning disabilities.

NATIONAL YOUTH ADVOCACY SERVICE:

Provides information, advice, advocacy and legal representation to young people up to 25 through a network of advocates through England and Wales.

Phone: 0808 808 1001
Email: help@nyas.net
Website:www.nyas.net

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

Phone: 0300 999 1212 (daily until midnight)
Website:www.ukna.org

NO PANIC

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)
Website:www.nopanic.org.uk

NSPCC

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)
Website:www.nspcc.org.uk

OCD ACTION

Support for people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Includes information on treatment and online resources.
Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm)
Website:www.ocdaction.org.uk

PAPYRUS

Young suicide prevention society.
Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141 (Mon-Fri,10am-5pm & 7-10pm. Weekends 2-5pm)
Website: www.papyrus-uk.org

RUNAWAY HELPLINE

Runaway Helpline is here if you are thinking about running away, if you have already run away, or if you have been away and come back.You can also contact the Helpline if you are worried that someone else is going to run away or if they are being treated badly or abused.You can call or text for free, 24 hours a day. It’s all confidential.
Phone: 116 000
Email:116000@runawayhelpline.org.uk

RAPE CRISIS

To find your local services phone: 0808 802 9999 (daily, 12-2.30pm, 7-9.30pm)
Website:www.rapecrisis.org.uk

REFUGE

Advice on dealing with domestic violence.
Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline)
Website:www.refuge.org.uk

SAMARITANS

24hr service offering emotional support.

Phone: 116 123
Email: jo@samaritans.org
Website:www.samaritans.org

TURN2ME

This is a website that helps people GET HELP, lets people know that they are not alone and facilitates a safe online community space that allows people to open up and reach out for help.
The above are all UK based, so if you want to leave directions for anyone outside the UK, please feel free to do so by leaving a comment below.
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2 thoughts on “Blue Monday

  1. I don’t particularly believe in Blue Monday as a Depression sufferer I don’t suffer on the day it’s nationally recognised, and I think naming one day like that can be damaging to long term suffers, if that makes sense. Putting all those support organisations is such a great thing Katie. Amazing!

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