Charity inviting people in Whitby to beat the blues

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It’s almost the most depressing day of the year – Blue Monday – and a local mental health charity is launching a fund-raising drive to help people fight depression.

The third Monday in January – the 18th – is suggested by experts as being the most depressing day of the year.

It has been awarded the gloomy title due to a combination of post-Christmas blues, cold dark nights and the arrival of unpaid credit card bills with more people feeling down in January than at any other time in the year.

In a bid to get people talking about mental health, mark the occasion and beat the blues, Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Mind (SWR Mind) is inviting people to wear blue at their place of work, education or with friends and make a donation to the charity which supports local people with mental illness.

Sophie Hall, head of services for SWR Mind, said: “One in five adults in the UK experiences depression and anxiety and Blue Monday is a chance for people to reflect on what makes us depressed and what can be done to help and overcome the issues surrounding depression.

“Depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days. We all go through spells of feeling down, but when you’re depressed you feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days.

“The good news is that with the right treatment and support, most people can make a full recovery.

“That is where we come in – offering telephone support and advice, visits from our support workers and the chance to meet others at one of our support groups.”

Staff from SWR Mind will be in Tesco superstore in Scarborough on Monday where they will be holding a collection and selling wrist bands and cuddly elephants – the charity’s mascot.

If you would like to support the charity by holding a fund-raiser or for more information, call Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale Mind on (01723) 588008 or email info@swrmind.org.uk.

Cober Hill Hotel at Cloughton is also opening from Monday to Friday for a week of free special events, from 10am to 2.30pm each day, for its Beat Blue Monday initiative.

These include birds of prey and reptiles, cycling and a talk from a life coach.