Let's beat Blue Monday together
We are encouraging people to talk about their problems and seek help if they need to this ‘Blue Monday’.
Traditionally the third Monday in January, ‘Blue Monday’ is often thought to be the lowest day of the year for many of us. We are aiming to address this by reaching out to those who may be struggling.
No matter how negative a situation is, help is at hand, especially to those who may not be aware of where to go for guidance.
By getting everyone to take time to share their feelings, those that need help can make positive steps towards recovery.
Chief Executive Paul Scott said: “We know that talking and asking for help can be hard for those who need it for their mental health and wellbeing.
“While mental health is something people deal with all year round, we want to use ‘Blue Monday’ to encourage staff and members of the public to reach out to those who may be feeling lonely or isolated and let them know they’re not alone. We hope that by turning ‘Blue Monday’ on its head, we can continue to help break the stigma associated with mental illness and allow people to get the help they need.”
Where to seek help:
• NHS psychological therapies services (also known as IAPT, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) can help with a range of mental health problems including depression, anxiety and panic attacks, and post-traumatic stress disorder. You can refer yourself for support or ask your GP to make a referral for you. Find out more about your local psychological therapies service here.
• If someone is in a mental health crisis and needs urgent help, they can call EPUT’s regional Crisis Teams 24/7 on 111 option 2.
For mental health emergencies where someone’s life is at risk or where you cannot keep someone safe, you should dial 999 or go to your nearest Emergency (A&E) Department. Specialist mental health clinicians work at A&E departments across the region, who will be able to assess and treat mental health conditions.