There may not be any scientific or empirical evidence to back up the claim that today is the most depressing day of the year, but it does afford us the opportunity to remind people that there is help available for people who are struggling with their mental health. There are dedicated mental health telephone lines, free to call, available 24 hours a day every day of the year across all our London boroughs and in Bedfordshire and Luton, for people experiencing urgent mental health crises.
For a full list of ELFT crisis line services, click here.
Nationwide, people can call NHS 111 and ask for 'Option 2' to speak to a mental health specialist, if you are experiencing a mental health crisis.
If people are feeling stressed, down, or struggling to cope - whether it is to do with coronavirus or not - talking therapy services can help them find ways to manage their mind and make changes, putting them back in control.
ELFT talking therapy services (IAPT) can be found here.
For Newham, visit this page here.
For Hackney, the Talking Therapy service is provided by Talk Changes and can be contacted here.
For mental health crisis services for young people across east London, Bedfordshire and Luton please visit this page here.
For more information on mental health and why mental health matters every day not just on Blue Monday visit the Mental Health Foundation here.