With Blue Monday taking place on Monday 20 January, Brighter Futures can reveal an increase in contacts to the Staffordshire Mental Health Helpline in December 2019 by people concerned about either their mental health or someone else’s.
Over 2,500 contacts were recorded from the beginning of the month, with 1,900 made across the same period the year before. Suicide-related calls were also on the up – with 63 compared to 48.
Blue Monday, which takes place on the third Monday of January every year, has been given its title through a combination of post-Christmas blues, debts, and cold nights. It is widely known as the most depressing day of the year – and one that can widely impact someone’s mental health.
Staffordshire Mental Health Helpline Operation Manager, Eunice Burke, says: “Holding it together over Christmas, facing January bills can add worry and the challenges of a new year can be difficult for people.
“We’re here to listen to people going through that difficult time. In some cases, It can be the difference between someone being able to see a way to carry on or not.
“We don’t just listen, though. We also manage the Staffordshire Mental Health Directory, so we can signpost individuals and organisations to mental health services. Ringing us can be the first step to finding that support.”
The Brighter Futures’ mental health helpline offers emotional support for anyone aged over 18 who is concerned about their own or somebody else’s mental health. The free and confidential service is available to those living in Staffordshire and is open 365 days a year for people to contact with any worries or concerns they may have.
The service also offers a Ring Out and Support Call option, where the Helpline calls the person for extra support during particularly difficult times.
For more information, visit www.brighter-futures.org.uk.