SO-CALLED ‘Blue Monday’ arrives next week but Stratford Samaritans believes there’s no such thing as the saddest day of the year.
The suicide prevention charity is keen to dispel the idea that the third Monday of January is particularly difficult, as its listening volunteers are consistently busy every day of the year, responding to a call for help every 10 seconds.
Instead, Samaritans is turning the day on its head and into something meaningful by running ‘Brew Monday’, which encourages friends and family to stay connected by having a cuppa and a catch-up.
To help raise awareness of Brew Monday, Stratford Samaritans is joining forces with four local train stations in the area – Stratford, Warwick, Warwick Parkway and Leamington on Monday (January 16) during the morning and evening rush hours – 7am to 8.30am and 4.30pm to 6pm.
Volunteers and rail staff will be handing out tea bags and chatting to passengers about the power of connecting over a cuppa and a catch up.
Emma Cook, Stratford Samaritans Branch Director, said: “It’s simple, there is no such thing as Blue Monday. People can feel low at any point in the day, week or year and we want them to know that they are never alone.
“Forget Blue Monday and instead check in with people you care about for a cuppa and a chat, as talking really can save lives. Our volunteers are available around the clock to listen to anyone who needs support this Brew Monday and every other day of the month and year, 24/7.”
To help organise Brew Monday get-togethers, Samaritans have provided useful resources, fundraising tips, and information, available at www.samaritans.org/support-us/campaign/brew-monday/
Anyone can contact Samaritans, free, any time from any phone on 116 123, or email [email protected] or visit www.samaritans.org