Blue Monday 21st January 2013
What is Blue Monday?
The 21st of January is considered to be the most depressing day of the year! I am unsure as to how this came about or indeed, who decided it was the worst day of the year but there is a really decent campaign behind this date run by the MHRUK (Mental health research UK). This charitable organisation aims to raise funds for help in researching mental health issues and raising public awareness to them.
At this time of year depression can be worse due to the lack of natural light. Everywhere is dark, gloomy and rainy. It is also a good time to raise awareness of Seasonal affected disorder (SAD), which the sufferer has a low mood throughout the winter months due to a lack of natural UV light on the back of the eyes. Christmas is all over and the New year celebrations are now in the past. It seems such a long way until spring arrives, never mind summer.
This campaign encourages you to wear the brightest possible clothes on the 21st. It is great to get your colleagues also involved to raise the spirits of the working environment. And if you don’t work at the moment, then why not just wear some colourful clothes anyway. The MHRUK would really like to brighten up this particular date of the 21st January 2013, in an attempt to turn ‘Blue Monday‘ into ‘Blooming Monday’. This is for a really worthwhile and charitable cause.
You can also make a donation to the cause by texting BLOO22 to 70070 and donate £2 for each text!
The cause also has it’s own Facebook page which can be found here.
Raising awareness of mental health issues will help to remove the stigma from the problems associated with such afflictions as depression, stress and anxiety. So why not do your bit to help raise the profile of this worthwhile cause.