January 17th marks Blue Monday, a day that’s cited as being the ‘saddest day of the year.’ This is speculated to be due to a variety of reasons, from the come down after Christmas, lack of money, or struggling with mental health. However, we want to reframe this day and use it as an opportunity to check in with ourselves, and others, and take the time to listen to someone who needs it. We’ve put a few suggestions below to help where we can.
1. Get advice
If money is a source of anxiety or stress then don’t sit in silence. There is a range of services that can help. Contact the Government’s Debt Advice Service if you’re struggling, and Citizen’s Advice is also a great place to help you sort out any money worries. Looking for a new job? January is a time when people often begin to shift around, so jump onto job boards and start applying. You’ve got this!
2. It’s good to talk
When it comes to mental health, talking it out with someone can really help relieve some of the mental weight and give you an outlet to offload. Meeting up with a friend over coffee, or going for a walk and talking it out can really help ease your mind. Our YMCA in the centre is available to provide support as well, so pop in and have a chat, when you’re ready.
3. Seek Help
If you or someone you know are severely struggling, please make an urgent appointment with your GP. Alternatively, charities such as MIND or the Samaritans are always at the end of the line.