Make 'Blue Monday' into 'Brew Monday'
January brings many resolutions and commitments, whether it’s getting into shape, quitting alcohol or other lifestyle changes.
However, following the come down after the festive period, temperatures hitting minus numbers outside and a long stretch until the next bank holiday, this month can be a slump for some, with Monday 15 January marking the supposedly ‘most depressing day of the year’.
In reality, there’s no such thing as ‘Blue Monday’ – as the Samaritans rightly say, we all have our good days and our bad days, and those aren’t for the calendar to decide.
They suggest we say stop this myth about Monday being 'blue' and instead start a conversation over a brew. The charity is encouraging people to take time to talk over a cuppa for Brew Monday 2024.
If you need support, the University also offers unlimited access to a confidential telephone helpline and 24/7 crisis support via Health Assured.
Health Assured is the provider of the University's Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), a confidential employee benefit designed to help you deal with personal and professional problems that could be affecting your home or work life, health and general wellbeing. You can call the 24/7 helpline on 0800 028 0199.
Health Assured also offers some top tips for those struggling with low mood, including common symptoms, guidance and support services available.
You can check the University’s Work Health site for information and support on wellbeing, mental health and the workplace, stress management guidance and occupational health support.