This year we want to help dispel the 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.
Help Liz & I at the Happiness Hub are getting involved with Minds campaign to use the hashtag #blueanyday on Twitter and Facebook – we'd love for more people to use this rather than using #bluemonday.
Globally, more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression, and it can affect any one of us at any time. Depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days, or even for just one day. Most people go through periods of feeling down, but when you're depressed you feel persistently sad for weeks or months or even longer if untreated, rather than just a few days.
There's still a stigma around mental health and depression – it is a real illness with real symptoms and can if not treated lead to suicide. We want to make it clear that depression isn't a sign of weakness or something you can "snap out of" by "pulling yourself together."
The good news is that with the right treatment and support, most people with depression can make a full recovery. There are plenty of places to get help with your mental health, pick up the phone and call Samaritans, or visit You In MInd, Cheshires Mental Health Support Hub to find the help that you need.
Or just speak to a friend or family member, just talking to someone will help you feel better. I know it can be scary opening up to someone and sharing all the wild and wonderful things that go on in your brain. But you know what, they might feel the same and might completely understand where your coming from. You're not mad or weird, you're a complex human being, and we all have thoughts and feelings that sometimes we can't control, it doesn't make you a bad person. 2020 and this year has brought and still bringing challenges to everyone's mental health. Especially as we can't always be with the ones we love at the moment and there is still much uncertainty with what the future will bring. So it's even more important that we should look after our mental health every day of the year, not just on one day. If you need some help with your mental health speak to someone and let them know that you are struggling, whether that's a friend, a family member, your doctor or someone at the end of the phone like a Samaritan, there is always someone there to listen.
And of course, Liz and I have our Happiness Hub Facebook group where as a community we share wellness ideas, daily mindfulness posts and it's a safe place to chat, so come and join us.