Banish the Monday blues with a Samaritans brew

Kim Joy Samaritans
GBBO's Kim Joy is supporting the Samaritans' Brew Monday campaign

Dubbed ‘the most difficult day of the year’, Samaritans is encouraging people in Bedford to beat Blue Monday by getting together for a cuppa on Monday 21 January 2019 for Brew Monday.

The charity is turning the third Monday in January on its head and is hoping to banish the January blues by encouraging friends, family and work mates to have a chat over a brew. Great British Bake Off finalist, Kim Joy Hewlett is supporting the campaign and said: “A cup of tea (or your brew of choice), can bring us back to basics and help break down barriers.”

Nationally, Samaritans currently has over 20,000 volunteers helping to answer some of the 5+ million calls for help that the charity responds to every year from people going through a difficult time.

Local mental health campaigner, Ben Salmons of #breakthestigma, said: “I reached out to the Samaritans in Hove earlier this year. They couldn’t have done more to help me. They provide a phenomenal service.”

Said a Bedford Samaritans spokesperson: “Besides giving emotional support to those in crisis or who have suicidal feelings, Samaritans also want to encourage everyone to look out for others who might be in distress, or who might be isolated or lonely – so whether you are at work, at home, with friends or in a sport or social setting getting together for a brew and a chat with friends and colleagues can provide a lift on what is meant to be one of the most difficult days of the year.

Ian Stevens, Network Rail’s Suicide Prevention program manager said: Brew Monday is a great opportunity for the rail industry to show its support for Samaritans and the great work they do in helping people up and down the country. Millions of people use the rail network every day and if through this campaign we can encourage them to talk about their problems over a cup of tea, we will have made a significant contribution to their lives and to the lives of those around them.

Find out how you can get involved with Brew Monday here. You can join the conversation on social media using #BrewMonday and why not make a donation while you’re there, you could help save a life.

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