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  • Men offered chance to talk about their winter blues

    Danielle Thompson

    THE team at the Life Rooms in Southport are hosting men's mental health awareness sessions to turn 'Blue Monday' into 'Brew Monday.'

    The staff at the centre for recovery and learning on Scarisbrick Avenue are joining in a national campaign to encourage people to talk about their problems over a hot drink on Monday (January 16).

    Referred to as the single glummest day of the year, the third Monday of January is dubbed ‘Blue Monday’ due to a combination of post-Christmas blues, cold dark nights and the arrival of unpaid credit card bills. This is a day that reminds people that Christmas is over, finances are low and the weather is getting colder, and is a time when people are most likely to experience anxiety, low mood and distress.

    The centre for learning, recovery, health and wellbeing, which was opened last May, will host the sessions from 11am-3pm, which will include pastoral and pathways advice, help with recovery college enrolment forms and talks from speakers with experience. They are particularly targeting men in this year’s campaign because, according to the latest Suicides in the UK report from the Office for National Statistics, around three quarters of all suicides in the UK in 2016 were male.

    Michael Crilly, Mersey Care’s director of social inclusion and participation said: “Every time anyone talks about mental health, the stigma surrounding it is also mentioned and we believe our mental health awareness sessions can help break that down.

    “Traditionally men find it harder to talk about their problems and by encouraging them to attend an awareness session, and possibly talk over a cup of tea or coffee, we hope those who may find it difficult to discuss problems normally can open up in a supportive and sympathetic environment.”

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