A local mental health charity is helping to dispel the myth that the third Monday in January is the most depressing day of the year.
North Staffs Mind is supporting Blooming Monday, organised by the charity Mental Health Research UK, and encouraging people to dress in bright clothes and have some fun this January 15.
Whether it’s in the office, at school, or a local club, everyone is asked to don their brightest attire and further the conversation about mental health.
Rachel Jacobs, adult counselling assistant manager, said:
“There is no credible evidence to suggest that one day can increase the risk of people feeling depressed. Depression is real, even if Blue Monday is not.
“We hope that by supporting Blooming Monday we can brighten up what can be a rather dull time of year and help raise awareness of depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder.”
A client of North Staffs Mind said: “Being depressed can make life very hard and the winter months and grey days can make you feel a little low anyway. Depression is not something that is a one-day thing and many people such as myself know what it's like living with depression for a long time.
“North Staffs Mind does some fantastic work and the fact that the charity is getting the message out to stop people ‘bigging up’ the fictional Blue Monday is a great thing."