Blue Monday - Mental health is important and we need to talk about it

January 16, 2017 6:08 PM
Originally published by Cllr James Wright

Blue MondayWe all expect to feel under the weather sometimes but when it comes to the way we feel emotionally, it can be tough to recognise or admit that we're not feeling 100%.

This Monday is titled 'blue Monday' because people can feel down at this time of year. Whilst 'blue Monday' might be a myth, it's certainly true that winter can be a difficult time for lots of people in the UK.

Suffering with mental health problems is as normal as a runny nose and it's something as a country that we need to talk more about. In fact, 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience poor mental health at some point in their life. If that's not you, it could well be friends or family.

So at this time of year I thought it might be useful to share a few links for local people who might not be aware of the help that's available.

The help is there and it is for you, please use it if you need to.

Mind - Mind is an amazing charity that offers help to anyone struggling with mental illness.

Samaritans - The Samaritans offer support to anyone even if you just want a chat. They're open for calls 24/7, 365 days a year. You can call them on 116 123 and speak to one of their volunteers. It's completely anonymous.

NHS - Your GP can help you through a difficult time, as well as help assess you and find local links to help you through a hard time. You can also find details of how to get well at the NHS online here.