In a bid to power through the cold winter months, Stockport Samaritans, supported by Network Rail and the wider rail industry, is encouraging people to reach out to someone they care about for a cuppa and a catch up for Brew Monday.
Whilst the third Monday in January is sometimes referred to as ‘the most difficult day of the year’, the charity is highlighting that there’s no such thing as ‘Blue Monday’ as people can feel a range of emotions any day of the year.
Although winter is thought to be one of the harder seasons with dark days and frosty nights, Samaritans volunteers hear similar concerns all year round from those that contact the charity.
Every day, Samaritans volunteers respond to around 10,000 calls for help. From December 2020 – November 2021, 46% of contacts that reached out to Samaritans for emotional support mentioned mental health and illness, 34% mentioned family and 28% mentioned loneliness as a concern.
So, to ensure nobody struggles alone, on Brew Monday or any other day, Samaritans is reminding everyone to check in on friends, family or colleagues.
It doesn’t need to be a Monday or a cup of tea, it’s about connecting and really listening to each other.
Samaritans will be at Stockport station from 7am to 9am on 17th January handing out teabags, talking to passengers about the importance of reaching out and providing listening tips.
Lynn Sbaih, branch director, wants people to look out for their friends and loved ones.
“As we enter another winter in these difficult times, we are encouraging people to look out for their family, friends and work colleagues and be that listening ear that they might just need,” she said.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s Monday morning or Thursday night, or if you’re drinking lemonade, black coffee or apple juice.
“If you’re sharing a cup of something and listening, you’re making a difference to someone’s day.”
“At Stockport Samaritans, we know how powerful listening can be.
“Listening helps us build relationships, be there for others and it can save lives.
“Through our event, we hope that we can help more people to support others who may need a listening ear.”
Join the conversation on social media using #BrewMonday and for more information, visit Samaritans.org/BrewMonday. Anyone can contact Samaritans FREE any time from any phone on 116 123, even a mobile without credit. This number won’t show up on your phone bill. Or you can email [email protected] or visit samaritans.org.