Today (18/1) is said to be ‘Blue Monday, which is officially the most depressing day of the year. The third Monday in January was allegedly given this illustrious title after back in 1995, Cliff Arnall came up with the mathematical equation that calculates this day. Many mathematicians claim that the equation Arnall came up with isn’t even logical and is thought to have been a press stunt for a well-known travel firm.
What we do know though is that we don’t need a specific day to tell us when we are feeling down or when we are suffering with depression or anxiety. Living with a chronic condition such as a bladder or bowel disease can feel isolating, especially as it can be difficult to find somebody to talk to. Pair that with a virus pandemic and it is not surprising that many of us are feeling ‘blue’.
It is important to know that whether it’s ‘blue Monday’, any Monday or any day for that matter that there is help available if you feel you are experiencing difficulties with your mental health.
In the first instance you should contact your GP who can put you in touch with the correct help you need and prescribe you medication should they feel you need it, but if you are struggling to access your GP in the current climate then there are helplines, with trained mental health advisors that you can contact…
- Mind charity supports better mental health. Infoline: 0300 123 3393
- British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) has a directory of where you can access local counsellors and psychotherapists
- Spokz People provide therapeutic support for disabled people
- You can access your urgent local 24 hour NHS mental health helpline by following the prompts of this online form
- Samaritans – if you’re struggling with feelings of despair or don’t know where to turn, contact the Samaritans 116 123 (24h helpline)
- IESO – Online CBT therapy via the NHS in order to beat depression or anxiety