Blue Monday: Where to find mental health support help in the ITV Border region
Today is said to be the most difficult day of the year for many.
Christmas is long-gone, the nights are cold and dark nights new year's resolutions are failing and the bills for the festive season have arrived. All this comes as the uncertainty over the Covid-19 pandemic continues.
These issues have helped mean that the third Monday is January is nicknamed 'Blue Monday'.
The name was reportedly coined by psychologist Cliff Arnall in 2005.
If you are feeling the effects though, it is important to remember help is available and you should not struggle alone
Help is available:
NHS help is available, whether that’s face-to-face, over the phone or online – seek help if you need it.
Who to contact if you or someone you know needs help:
Samaritans, 116 123
24-hour helpline offering emotional support for anyone feeling down, distressed or struggling to cope.
SHOUT Text Shout to 85258
Crisis text service for support with any mental health concern, 24/7
CALM Campaign Against Living Miserably 0800 58 58 58
Helpline for people struggling with mental health, 5pm – Midnight
Silverline 0800 470 80 90
Information, friendship and advice for older people, 24/7
Papyrus Hopeline 0800 068 4141
Young suicide prevention society, 9am-10pm Mon-Fri. 2-10pm Weekends
The Mix 0808 808 4994
Advice and support for under 25s, 4-11pm
Alcoholics Anonymous 0800 917 7650
A helpline for anyone struggling with their relationship with alcohol, 24/7
Narcotics Anonymous 0300 999 1212
Help and support for anyone struggling with drug abuse, 10am - midnight
NHS 24, 111
Provides access to health advice and information, 24/7
Childline, 0800 1111
A free, private and confidential service for anyone under 19 in the UK, 24/7
Breathing Space 0800 83 85 87
A free and confidential phone line for anybody experiencing low mood or depression.
Weekdays: Monday-Thursday 6pm to 2amWeekend: Friday 6pm-Monday 6am
Support in Mind 0300 3231545
Support for people living with mental health problems, Monday to Friday from 9am-3.30pm