Mind, the mental health charity, this year wants to dispel the myth that the third Monday in January (18 January) is the most depressing day of the year and remind people in Birmingham that depression is a serious condition that can affect people on any day.
Birmingham Mind’s Chief Executive Helen Wadley said:
Blue Monday contributes to damaging misconceptions about depression and trivialises an illness that can be life threatening. 1 in 6 people will experience depression during their life. It can be extremely debilitating with common symptoms including inability to sleep, seeing no point in the future, feeling disconnected from other people and experiencing suicidal thoughts.
There is no credible evidence to suggest that one day in particular can increase the risk of people feeling depressed. There are of course certain things that may make people feel down at this time of year, such as post-Christmas financial strains, broken New Year’s resolutions, bad weather and short daylight hours. However, depression is not just a one day event.
We want to remind people in Birmingham that depression can happen at any time and that Birmingham Mind is available to help people throughout the year. If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one then it is important to seek support. Visit www.birminghammind.org for information.
To join the conversation on Twitter use #BlueAnyDay @BirminghamMind
Notes to Editors:
About Birmingham Mind:
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We promote wellbeing and recovery, provide high quality support and challenge the stigma of mental distress.
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