Brew Monday

Brew Monday

Brew Monday is one of the easiest days to celebrate. It’s a chance to meet up, have a chat, and listen to their thoughts. This type of effort at strengthening or building relationships is meant to keep people connected in the community and possibly function as a line against despair, depression, and suicide. People have been able to tell you for centuries about the winter blues. The concept of Blue Monday was first introduced in the UK by Sky Travel in 2005. Cliff Arnall, a psychologist, created a formula that determined that the third Monday in January is the most depressing. The company also claims that it used this formula to identify people who were struggling and that they needed help. He created a hotline that people could call when they were considering suicide. The Daily Mirror called him the “Telephone Good Samaritan”. Varah began to add people to his team, and the result was now known as Samaritans. With the belief that Blue Monday was very depressing, Samaritans decided to do something about it. They came up with “Brew Monday”, which encourages people to make a cup of tea or coffee and talk to someone. It’s an easy but effective way to keep in touch and avoid the despair and loneliness that can accompany suicide attempts. These are some ideas you can implement in celebration of Brew Monday. Invite them to meet up for a chat or to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. It’s a wonderful time to offer support and guidance to someone who is struggling with depression or lonely. Good listening skills include being attentive to body language and other non-verbal cues and asking questions. Also, make eye contact, keep the conversation going, and reflect back.

The event is ongoing.

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