Today is Blue Monday. Also known as the most depressing day of the year. Why this day? Well actually, it’s every third Monday in January and has been since 2004 when the label was invented. A formula is used, made up of many factors e.g. weather, debt levels, low motivation, days since Christmas and days to go until pay day and New Year resolutions starting to unravel.
As a counsellor I think is unsettling for people dealing with mental health issues to label one day a year as being harder than others.
- Labelling a day as the most depressing of the year can be an anxiety trigger for some. It provides a negative focus with people trying to be happy on that day or reinforcing their own sense of unhappiness.
- For people struggling with anxiety and depression any day can be the worst day, and many others may not be much better.
If there is a positive and it’s something I’ve seen more of during the pandemic, it’s people offering to help. People in the online space, aware of the day, and being available if people want to talk.
Mental health discussions like depression are hard ones to start on any day. But my experience is that once the talking starts, the help, love and support quickly follows. In many cases, the support is the armour that allows people to feel that they can start to open up.
Whatever day you may chose to start talking about mental health, it will be forever your day. Someone will always be available to listen.