Wear blue and help raise funds for us on year's most ‘depressing day'

6th January 2016

It’s almost the most depressing day of the year – Blue Monday - and a Yorkshire mental health charity is launching a fund-raising drive to help people fight depression.

The third Monday in January – Monday 18th- is suggested by experts as being the most depressing day of the year.

It has been awarded the gloomy title due to a combination of post-Christmas blues, cold dark nights and the arrival of unpaid credit card bills with more people feeling down in January than at any other time in the year.

In a bid to get people talking about mental health, mark the occasion and beat the blues, Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale Mind (SWR Mind) is inviting people to wear blue at their place of work or school and make a donation to the charity which supports local people with mental illness.

Sophie Hall, head of Services for SWR Mind said: “One in five adults in the UK experiences depression and anxiety and Blue Monday is a chance for people to reflect on what makes us depressed and what can be done to help and overcome the issues surrounding depression.

“Depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days. We all go through spells of feeling down, but when you’re depressed you feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days.

“Some people still think that depression is trivial and not a genuine health condition. Depression is a real illness with real symptoms, and it's not a sign of weakness or something you can snap out of by pulling yourself together.

“The good news is that with the right treatment and support, most people can make a full recovery. That is where we come in – offering telephone support and advice, visits from our support workers and the chance to meet others at one of our support groups.

“The aim of our charity is to make sure no one suffers with mental illness alone and as we are not funded by Mind’s charity shops, our work in the local community is funded by donations and grants. We’d be really grateful if you would support us.”

Staff from SWR Mind will be in Tesco Superstore in Scarborough on Monday 18 January where they will be holding a collection and selling wrist bands and cuddly elephants – the charity’s mascot.

If you would like to support the charity by holding a fund-raiser or for more information call Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale Mind on (01723) 588008 or email info@swrmind.org.uk