A guest blog from Julian John – Trivallis Board Member and Director of Cwm Taf Morgannwg Mind.
This year I wanted to dispel the ‘Blue Monday’ myth that the third Monday in January (18 January) is the most depressing day of the year and remind people that depression is a serious condition that can affect people on any day.
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.
I want to remind people that depression can happen at any time and that organisations like Mind are available to help people throughout the year. If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, then it is important to seek support. We have lots of information on depression including tips for helping yourself and guidance for friends and family, this includes
- Talking to someone you trust
- Try peer support
- Try mindfulness
- Look after your physical health
- Keep active
- Spend time in nature
There are lots of opportunities to get support from services which focus on depression and operate across Rhondda Cynon Taf, try Mindfulness with Valleys Steps or the Mind Recovery College, there are courses being delivered across our community that are accessible for all. Furthermore, if you are concerned about yourself or others, then try the NHS ‘Mood self-assessment’ here and seek the support you need and you also speak to your GP.For further information on depression you can go to the Mind website herePlease look after yourselves and others, stay safe
Julian John – Board Member, Trivallis.
Time to Talk Day takes place on the first Thursday of February every year.
On Time to Talk Day, Time to Change Wales is asking everyone in Wales to have a conversation about mental health. Time to Talk Day is taking place on Thursday 4 February 2021.
Mental health problems are more common than most people realise – affecting one in four of us. Yet people are still afraid to talk about mental health, making some people feel ashamed or isolated. For more information on Time to Talk Day 2021, visit the Time to Change Wales Website.
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