Celebri-teas banish the Monday blues with a Samaritans brew

‘Leave a Light On’ sensation Tom Walker and Idles’ lead man Joe Talbot, have got their mugs out to transform Blue Monday into Brew Monday on 21 January 2019.

The Bristol punk singer and singer-songwriter are encouraging people to stamp the date in the diary for a get-together with mates, family or workmates to have a brew and raise vital funds for Samaritans.

Dubbed the most difficult day of the year, Samaritans is turning Blue Monday on its head and hoping to banish the January blues by rallying people everywhere to have a chat over a brew and a biccie.

Tom Walker, whose debut album is hitting the airwaves later this week, is a big fan of a brew. He said: “Flipping a familiar day like Blue Monday around to a fun way of beating the Monday blues with tea and chat is a brilliant idea. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got an office full of people or some mates at your house. What matters is having a chat over a brew and just being there to listen to anyone who’s feeling a bit low.”

All over the country in communities and workplaces, people will be joining Brew Monday events in the lead-up to and on Monday 21 January 2019, raising vital funds to support Samaritans’ life-saving work. Anyone can join in Samaritans’ Brew Monday celebrations and organise a community event here to raise funds so Samaritans can be there for people going through a difficult time.  

Joe Talbot, whose band Idles is currently on a world tour and have supported Foo Fighters, says the band’s music aims to deal with mental health.

“It’s an honour to be involved in Brew Monday. It’s such a simple act; to sit with a cup of tea and chat with your mates, but we rarely find the time to extract ourselves from the chaos of life to just listen and be. There are so many people out there who could benefit from someone lending an ear; it certainly saved me in so many ways.”

Having dealt with trauma in his life after he and his partner suffered the loss of their baby daughter, Joe wants to help others to talk. “I personally know two people whose lives have been saved because they called Samaritans; and this is something I will always be grateful for. I believe there is something so brave about letting people in and I commend those that will listen. Put the kettle on!”

The rail industry is also supporting with over 100 stations joining in Brew Monday, talking to commuters about the service and our SHUSH listening tips and handing out special Brew Monday tea bags.

Beth Simons, Community Fundraising Manager at Samaritans, said: “We want to banish those so-called January blues and Brew Monday is a great opportunity to reach out to someone that’s struggling, whilst raising money to keep the service running around the clock. It doesn’t have to be tea (or a Monday!) – juice, coffee or fizz on any day will do the trick. Sign up for your Brew Monday pack and we’ll send you everything you need to make your tea party a triumph!”

To support Samaritans on Brew Monday, register for a free fundraising pack here. The pack includes everything you need to host a Brew Monday event, including Samaritans tea bags, cake flags, posters and a collection box.

Famous faces from comedy, entertainment, and sport will be joining in the Brew Monday celebrations on the day with exclusive films being shared on the 21 January 2019. Check out samaritans.org or follow Samaritans Twitter for more news on our celebrity supporters.

You can follow @samaritans on Twitter, @samaritanscharity on Instagram or find us on Facebook  www.facebook.com/samaritanscharity. Share your moment on social media using the hashtag #BrewMonday.


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Photo caption

  1. The Idles front man Joe Talbot sips a brew in support of Brew Monday

Notes to editors:

  • Find out more about Brew Monday at www.samaritans.org/brewmonday
  • Samaritans responds to more than 5 million calls for help every year, offering emotional support by phone, email, text and face to face in its 201 branches across the UK and Republic of Ireland.
  • 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 jo@samaritans.org or visit www.samaritans.org to find details of your nearest branch.
  • Samaritans is a charity and it’s the public’s kind donations and more than 20,000 volunteers that mean we are always there for anyone struggling to cope. Find out how you can support us at www.samaritans.org/supportus.
  • Just £5 helps us answer one Samaritans call. Go to https://www.samaritans.org/donate  to help us be there for even more people that need us.