Bright clothes advice for 'Blue Monday'

Published Monday, 20 January 2014
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A mental health charity is advising people to wear bright colours to help combat what has been dubbed the most depressing day of the year.

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'Blue Monday' is the date in late January when, after the excitement of Christmas and the New Year, the stresses and worries of daily life are said to resume.

While the science behind the claims remains unproven, Mental Health Research UK is hoping the occasion can raise awareness of seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD.

That's a form of depression linked to the winter months.

Dr Laura Davidson, co-founder of the charity, wants to break the stigma of certain illnesses by encouraging people to talk about their problems.

She said: "People will be wearing clashing colours, some interesting outfits they maybe wouldn't normally wear to get people talking and that is a really important thing when it comes to mental health - we want people to talk about it."

According to the Public Health Agency, almost one in five people here show signs of having a possible mental health problem.

The group is advising people to take the time to look out for their friends, family and neighbours - as well as themselves - on 'Blue Monday'.

Madeline Heaney from the PHA said: "While people may feel that January is particularly bad, figures actually show that the number of people accessing mental health web and phone support services actually remains steady throughout the year, so it is clear that we need to be aware of the signs of stress and depression all year round and to talk about it.

"It is important to look out for behaviour or feelings that could indicate that you, or someone you know, is showing signs of stress or problems under the surface."
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