Samaritans turn Blue Monday to Brew Monday

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Published by The Stray FM News Team at 11:46am 7th January 2019. (Updated at 11:59am 7th January 2019)

Harrogate District Samaritans are encouraging people to talk this January as they turn Blue Monday in to Brew Monday. 

Typically the third Monday of the year, 'Blue Monday' has been a phrase coined largely by the media over the past decade and refers to the 'most depressing day of the year'. 

But for the past two years Samaritans have been encouraging people to practice 'Brew Monday' instead on Monday 21st January 2019.

Volunteers from the Harrogate and District branch of Samaritans will be at Harrogate train station from 7am until 3pm handing out free tea bags and urging local commuters to open up to friends and family if they're struggling. 

"January can be  a tough time for people... we're encouraging people to go out there and speak to your friends or family and relatives who you think are maybe having a hard time, and meet up over a cup of tea and have a good old chat.

"Life isn't always rosy, and we're here [Samaritans] if things aren't, but also we want to encourage people to talk a bit more openly about what they're feeling and what they're going through.

"People who struggle with feeling lonely, mental health issues, drug or alcohol dependencies, maybe if they've gone through a traumatic time, had a break updivorce, all sorts of life events can sometimes hit people really hard and it can be hard to know where to turn. So whatever it is that you need to talk about, don't be alone  we are here and there is support for you."

Emma, a listening volunteer from Harrogate and District Samaritans

Two people in blue jumpers chatting and smiling with mugs
Confiding in someone over a cup of tea can help relieve negative emotions

Harrogate and Discrict Samaritans

Run largely by volunteers, Samaritans is a free and confidential service which offers people the chance to speak to one of their listening volunteers. 

The Harrogate and District branch of Samaritans based at 5 Mount Parade in Harrogate allows those in need of a chat to meet face-to-face, on the phone or by email

Phone: 116 123 (free to call and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year)

Email: jo@samaritans.org

Address: 5 Mount Parade, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 1BX (Usual hours open to receive callers at the door: 8:00am - 10:00pm)

Other branches of Samaritans including LeedsBradford and Northallerton cover North and West Yorkshire. All of these are contactable on 116 123 or at jo@samaritans.org.

Samaritans listening volunteer Emma and Stray FM presenter Beth Parsons in Stray FM studio
Samaritans Listening Volunteer Emma and Stray FM Presenter Beth Parsons in Stray FM studio

Could you support Brew Monday?

If you would also like to support the initiative, you can order your free Brew Monday fundraising pack from the Samaritans online and start you very own conversation with those who might need it. 

Beth Parsons from Stray FM's Health and Wellbeing Show talked to Emma one of the listening volunteers at the Harrogate and District branch of Samaritans about Brew Monday:

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