It is mid-January, Christmas holidays are a distant memory, large credit card bills are rolling in, the weather is gloomy and pay day seems too far away for some. There are many reasons why people can feel “blue” in January. But today, Monday 16th January 2017, known as “Blue Monday”, is said to be the most depressing day of the year.

Dr Cliff Arnall, formerly of Cardiff University devised a light-hearted formula to work out the most depressing day of the year. The key factors are weather, debt, time since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and the feeling of a need to take charge of the situation.[1]

Unfortunately, the reality is that one in four adults will experience at least one diagnosable mental health issue in any given year. 4-10% of people in England will experience depression in their lifetime.[2] Clinical depression cannot be determined by a day. People who live depression, live with the condition all year round and cannot just shake of the symptoms. Blue Monday is good time to put the focus on depression especially in the workplace. Mixed anxiety and depression has been estimated to cause one fifth of days lost from work in Britain.[3]

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[1] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/01/15/blue-monday-2017-could-bluest-ever-says-expert-behind-equation/

[2] http://www.hscic.gov.uk/pubs/psychiatricmorbidity07

[3] http://content.digital.nhs.uk/catalogue/PUB21748/apms-2014-full-rpt.pdf 

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