The third Monday of January has been awarded the gloomy title of Blue Monday due to a combination of post-Christmas blues, cold dark nights and the arrival of unpaid credit card bills. These factors all come together in a perfect storm for a single day believed to be the most depressing of the year.
However, mental health charity MIND believes that those who live with depression know that those feelings aren’t dictated by the date and this can perpetuate the myth that depression is just ‘feeling a bit down’, and something that doesn’t need to be taken seriously. Mind’s Head of Information Stephen Buckley said: “Blue Monday contributes to damaging misconceptions about depression and trivialises an illness that can be life threatening.”
Rosedale Funeral Home has long been an advocate of increased awareness of good mental health in the workplace. One in four people in the UK are affected by a mental health condition at some point in their life and so Rosedale believes that support should be available at the same level as it would be for a physical illness.
Anne Beckett Allen, who is a director of Rosedale Funeral Home and a trustee of the charity Nelson’s Journey, became a Mental Health First Aid instructor after learning that there weren’t any courses available in South Norfolk or North Suffolk.
“Employers have to invest in having a minimum number of physical first aiders within a business and it’s my dream that this will extend to include mental health first aiders as well, ” Anne added. “Since my dad passed away last year I’ve had to learn to ride the waves of depression myself so it’s been a very personal journey for me as well.”
The courses are accredited by MHFA England, part of a global movement aimed at improving knowledge of mental illnesses and developing effective strategies to guide individuals towards appropriate assistance. For more information please look at our Rosedale Training website.
Multiple branches of the Samaritans charity across the UK are aiming to turn Blue Monday into Brew Monday and will be offering a brew and a chat at events across the country.
The Samaritans helpline is free to call every day of the year.
For information visit: https://www.samaritans.org/support-us/campaign/brew-monday/