January. The month of new starts, resolutions and a fresh outlook. Also the month of post-Christmas, post-party blues, the month of pulling yourself back to the office after a long week off and cold, dark mornings.
Mondays aren’t everyone’s favourite day either and last Monday was supposedly ‘Blue Monday’, in other words, the most depressing day of the year. And according to this article on The Telegraph, Monday 16th January 2017 was the bluest Monday ever, thanks to 2016. (do I need to explain?)
Moonpig want to kick the idea of Blue Monday in the butt and spread awareness of mental health this month. Because the reality for people struggling with mental illness, every day can be blue.
‘Blue Any Day’
For those who suffer with their mental health, myself included, any day can be ‘blue’. And let me tell you, these days can be really bloody awful. And I’m not alone: according to a study conducted by the NHS, one in five women had reported symptoms of common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. One in five adults also reported that they had thought of taking their own life at some point.
But only 37% of adults with common mental health problems said they were accessing mental health treatment in 2014 – proof that the stigma and the ‘suffer in silence’ that surrounds mental illness needs to end. We all have a role to play in making sure that those around us feel like they have someone to talk to or a shoulder to cry on. And this is where Moonpig and MIND come in!
You can get involved and do your bit – share a Thinking of You message to a loved one on Twitter using #PlantASmile. Each Tweet will be turned into a £1 donation to MIND and you will be in with a chance of winning a year’s supply of bouquets!
Moonpig are encouraging people to send cards, flowers and small gifts to show others you’re thinking of them. After all, a little card with some positive vibes in could lift someone’s spirits, whatever they’re going through. Find out more about the campaign here.