Blue Monday, the third Monday of January; is supposedly the most difficult day of the year for many of us. The Samaritans are putting a whole different slant on the day renaming it Brew Monday.
ON Monday, January 21, Samaritans are encouraging people to take time out of their busy day to share a friendly cuppa and a chat so that everyone can banish those January Blues together.
Brighton, Hove and District Samaritans are encouraging people to spend time with friends, family, neighbours or work mates and lend a listening ear over a brew.
All over the UK and Ireland in communities and workplaces people will also be putting the kettle on and selling cakes and treats to raise funds for Samaritans’ life-saving work.
Life is tough – it can be tough all year round – and anyone can feel overwhelmed, but Samaritans knows how much encouraging someone to talk if they are struggling can help them find a way through.
Having a cuppa is a great excuse to take time to listen and, who knows, it might save a life. It’s little acts like this that can make a difference to someone who may be feeling lonely.
More than a hundred rail stations across England, Scotland and Wales are joining in and Brighton, Hove and District Samaritans volunteers will be handing out Brew Monday tea bags at Brighton Station from 6.30am to 7pm. The teabags will be branded with Samaritans free to call 116 123 number, and talking to commuters about listening and the services they provide.
Alison Pratt, volunteer and branch director said: “This is the biggest ‘Brew Monday’ event so far with over 30 volunteers from Brighton Hove and District Samaritans in attendance at the station throughout the day.
“We firmly believe that we all have a responsibility to look out for each other’s wellbeing. Showing you are ready to take time and listen can really help as a first step. We want people to talk to each other, and to us, before they feel overwhelmed. That way, together we will save lives.”
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