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Brew Monday: Improving our own mental wellbeing

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For many years, the third Monday in January is referred to as the most difficult time of the year, but it is a myth. So, we want to stop this myth about this Monday being ‘blue’ and instead supporting the Samaritans #BrewMonday on 16 January and encouraging everyone to start a conversation with someone who may be struggling.

We know a combination of post-Christmas blues, cold, dark weather, the tightening of purse strings and financial issues, may be some of the reasons why January can feel like a long and difficult month to get through. These pressures can spark feelings of depression, sadness and general low motivation. It is also known that this time of the year has a higher incidence of seasonal affective disorder which leave many feeling depressed. However, we know these feelings can also happen at any time.

You may find our top tips blog on how we can all boost our mood useful:

If you need urgent mental health support, we’re here to support you:

Mental health crisis line: If you find yourself struggling and need urgent mental health support or are experiencing a mental health crisis, then you can call the crisis line on 0808 196 3779. The service is available 24/7 and our team will help you get the right support.

Crisis Sanctuaries: Crisis sanctuaries are available at different locations across Notts. They provide a safe space and help and advice to people experiencing mental health challenges. For locations & opening times:

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS): Our CAMHS service supports young people with mental health issues. Your GP can refer into the service or young people aged 12 to 18 years old with a Notts GP can self-refer. Find out more:

You can find out more about these urgent mental health services here:



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