But Bangor and North Down Branch of Samaritans is saying forget Blue Monday - ignore the hype and trivialisation of mental health issues and celebrate ‘Brew Monday instead. Take time out for a simple cuppa and a chat with a friend, colleague or family member and do something practical for someone who may be struggling, let them know Samaritans’ free to call helpline is available every day of the year.
Deirdre Walsh, Director of Bangor and North Down Samaritans said: “Difficult feelings don’t work to a calendar and external circumstances are only one part of what can make life feel overwhelming.
“Health, family, work, relationships and money issues, or feelings of loneliness, isolation or uncertainty could be making life really tough. Samaritan’s ‘Brew Monday’ also gives you an excuse to sit down with a friend and talk to them or listen to them over a cup of tea. If you want to make an even bigger difference in 2017, why not think about giving some money or some time to Samaritans to help keep our life-saving services going.”
You don’t have to go to a special Samaritans event to get involved in ‘Brew Monday’. Everyone across the country is encouraged to have a brew with someone important to them: a work colleague, a family member, neighbour or friend. And when you’ve had your brew, why not donate to Samaritans so that its trained listening volunteers can continue to be there for people whenever they need them.
For more information, images and interviews, please contact Deirdre Walsh at 07900 693 996. Follow us on Twitter for more updates: @BangorNDSams