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 u...
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. Whilst this title was only awarded to the day by a holiday company as a PR stunt rather than any solid scientific evidence, the reasons behind it do ring true and it is a great reason to focus on mental health and well-being during what can be for many, a difficult time in the year.
This week, the Solo team are taking part in ‘Brew Monday’, a campaign set up by the Samaritans to highlight the importance of talking to people if you do experience mental ill health as well as tips to approach people who you are concerned may be struggling in silence. Our organiser Emma Thurston has handed out conversation starters to encourage people to consider how they look after themselves to support others as well as to appreciate the positive in their lives.
The team have had small group discussions this morning using these prompt cards to spark conversation and share experience, some have also been for a winter walk in the nearby park to take time out to chat and make the most of the lovely day outside.
We’re turning Brew Monday into Brew Week as many of our staff aren’t in the office every day, and encouraging people to bring in snacks to share over a cup of tea. The team are contributing to the Samaritans too where possible.
See more information on the short clip below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sz3ABZcNEQ