Two teams of volunteers from Bath and District Samaritans were at Bath Spa and Chippenham rail stations on Monday morning, 15th January - the day supposedly the most depressing of the year. Their aim? To turn 'blue Monday' into 'Brew Monday', and encourage commuters to share a cuppa and a chat with a friend, colleague or neighbour.
The teams gave away free tea-bags and a leaflet with Samaritans 'listening tips', to help anyone improve their listening skills.
Branch Director, David Ryder, said: “We’re pleased to be taking part in Brew Monday again. We want to highlight the value of people having the chance to chat, rather than feeling left alone with their thoughts. You don’t need special skills to encourage someone to open up over a cuppa: a bit of friendly human interaction can really make a difference. And, for anyone who feels they have nowhere to turn, our volunteers are here. It’s free to call us from any phone on 116 123, or you can email us or talk to someone face to face here at our office."
‘Brew Monday’ has the support of Network Rail, British Transport Police and the wider rail industry, as part of a life-saving partnership with Samaritans that aims to reduce suicide on the railways.
You can find out more about Brew Monday at www.samaritans.org/brewmonday or follow @samaritans on Twitter, @samaritanscharity on Instagram, hashtag #BrewMonday, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/samaritanscharity.
- Blue Monday is the name often given to the third Monday in January, dubbed the most difficult day of the year, with dark days, cold weather, broken resolutions, credit card bills to pay, and no holidays to look forward to.
- Anyone can contact Samaritans for FREE any time from any phone on 116 123. This number won’t show up on your phone bill. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.samaritans.org to find details of your nearest branch.
- Samaritans is a charity and it is thanks to the public’s kind donations, and more than 20,000 volunteers, that we are always there for anyone struggling to cope.