Now more than ever, sharing a cuppa is more than a drink – it's about reaching out, checking in and staying connected.
That is why Samaritans' have turned 'Blue Monday', the third Monday in January, known as 'the most difficult day of the year' into #BrewMonday - an opportunity for people to get together, share the warmth and have a chat!
Although there is no scientific evidence to prove that Blue Monday has an effect on mental health, we do know that January can be a tough month for some of us, and it's easy to feel overwhelmed, especially during the winter lockdown.
It’s just one of the reasons we think it’s #OK2ASK 👍 someone for a chat & a brew.
Take up the #BREWMONDAY challenge
If you're worried that someone you know may be suicidal....
Set time aside so you can focus on them and ask them how they are - this is where the 'brew' comes in.
Remember, there’s no easy way to ask, “are you thinking about suicide?” but it’s one of the most important questions you can ask someone who is feeling suicidal.
Prepare for the conversation
- If someone tells you they are depressed, or that they want to end their own life,
always take the person seriously, whether they’ve told you verbally, text you,
wrote a letter or even posted a status on social media.
- Read our tips about how to ask the question
- Reassure yourself that you won’t put the idea in a person’s head if you ask them if they are thinking
about suicide - it's #OK2ASK
- Be honest about why you are asking them, your concern will show them you are genuine.
- If they are feeling suicidal, listen to their reasons for wanting to live or die, but reiterate that living is still
an option and that you will help them.
- If you're with them at home, here's how you can keep them safe.
- Download our list of who can be contacted for help in St.Helens, print them and keep them to hand.
- You can also take the Zero Suicide Alliance Suicide Prevention training, free online - it takes 20 minutes, and will help empower anyone to have life-saving conversations.
If someone's life is in danger - for example they have seriously harmed themselves or taken a drug overdose - call 999 for an ambulance or go straight to A&E (the closest to St Helens is Whiston Hospital)
For more information about #BrewMonday and ways to maintain mental health during the winter lockdown see below
- Samaritans - Brew Monday - share the warmth and donate to Samaritans
- Maintaining mental health during lockdown