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Mental Illness Can Affect Anyone At Any Time

21 January 2019

This morning, the media world has been infiltrated by the notion that today is "the most depressing day of the year". 

Termed "Blue Monday" back in 2005, the day occurs on the third Monday of every year and is said to be the result of highly scientific equations which embody a whole range of factors.

However, this has generated much backlash and we would like to add our voice to those who are actively working to dispel the myth.

The fact is that despite the aforementioned equations which profess so much yet prove so little, anyone can feel "blue" at any time.

The nature of mental illness means that anyone can suffer from it - irrespective of a plethora of external factors - including time.

A wealth of senior figures from within the mental health sector have actively campaigned against "Blue Monday" and have vehemently highlighted the critical differences between temporary feelings of anxiety and sadness which everyone experiences from time to time and acute mental health problems which impact on the ability to enjoy life over a longer period.

Speaking back in 2016, Mind's Head of Information Stephen Buckley stated -

“Blue Monday contributes to damaging misconceptions about depression and trivialises an illness that can be life threatening.

"1 in 6 people will experience depression during their life. It can be extremely debilitating with common symptoms including inability to sleep, seeing no point in the future, feeling disconnected from other people and experiencing suicidal thoughts.

“There is no credible evidence to suggest that one day in particular can increase the risk of people feeling depressed. There are of course certain things that may make people feel down at this time of year, such as post-Christmas financial strains, broken New Year’s resolutions, bad weather and short daylight hours. However, depression is not just a one day event.

“We want to remind people that depression can happen at any time and that Mind is available to help people throughout the year.

"If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one then it is important to seek support. Our website has lots of information on depression including tips for helping yourself and guidance for friends and family."

You can visit Mind's website by clicking on the link here.


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