Brew Monday: What is it and how to get involved with tackling Blue Monday in 2023

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The special campaign looks to draw attention to meeting up and talking to those in need- here’s all you need to know about Brew Monday

Blue Monday has become known as the most depressing day of the year. The bad weather, lack of money left over from the festive period and other factors are said to combine to make it a tough day.

Yet emotional support charity Samaritans dispel the day as a myth, instead stating that everyone has bad days throughout the year. This is why they are working to change things.

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On the supposed ‘Blue Monday’ this year, which falls on Monday, January 16, Samaritans are calling on people to take part in the alternatively named - ‘Brew Monday’. The event is a reminder for people to reach out and meet up with others for tea or coffee.

The charity encourages people to reach out for a brew with someone who may be in need of a chat at any time of the year. Samaritans believe “If you’re sharing a cuppa and listening, you’re doing it right.”

Here is all you need to know about Brew Monday, including how you can take part in your own event and even raise some money for the charity at the same time.

How to organise a Brew Monday event

The charity says you can host your own Brew Monday event, virtually or in person, however you want. You could organise a tea party and raise money for Samaritans, host an online Brew Monday at work, or even do something as simple as picking up the phone and checking in with someone you care about.

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They also remind people that if you do use your get-together to raise money for Samaritans, you’ll help give people having a tough time somewhere to turn when they need to talk. Just £5 can help them answer a call for help.

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Virtual Brew Monday event

If you are unable to meet those closest to you in person, Samaritans have provided tips on how you can enjoy a virtual meet.

Here are a few ways you can connect virtually:

  • Group audio/video calling is available on Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams, WhatsApp (up to four people on a call) and Facebook messenger.
  • A phone call or conference call can work just as well for connecting with people, especially for those not comfortable on camera.
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