Brew Monday – getting the conversation going

Having a brew can save lives

Monday 21st January is known as "Blue Monday". Let's change it to "Brew Monday!"

Get together with your friends, family or workmates on Brew Monday, 21 January 2019 (or any day throughout January), have a cuppa, raise vital funds for Samaritans and beat the January blues.

This time of year can be difficult for people for many reasons

Perhaps:

  • There are lingering arguments from the festive season at home
  • You are affected by the dark mornings and afternoons - read our article on seasonal affective disorder
  • Stress at work is getting you down
  • You have no one to talk to about it and feel very alone.

Don't stew. Brew Monday is a time - like February 7th's Time to Talk, when you can get together with your friends, family and colleagues over a brew - and raise money for the Samaritans at the same time.

There's a useful pack containing everything you need to raise vital funds for Samaritans including a downloadable fundraising guide, an editable event poster to share on social media plus cake flags to print at home to jazz up your Brew bakes.

Feeling a bit lapsang souchong?

You're not alone.

  • Around 15% of people at work have symptoms of an existing mental health condition
  • 300,000 people with a long-term mental health problem lose their jobs each year, and around 15% of people at work have symptoms of an existing mental health condition
  • The annual cost to employers is between £33 billion and £42 billion
  • The annual cost to government is between £24 billion and £27 billion
  • The cost of poor mental health to the economy as a whole is more than both of those together from lost output, at between £74 billion and £99 billion per year.

That's a lot more than the cost of a few tea bags.

At a time when there is a national focus on productivity the inescapable conclusion is that it is massively in the interest of both employers and government to prioritise and invest far more in improving mental health.

The time you spend with a cuppa can improve employee wellbeing, engagement and communication - you can talk about anything, but hopefully it will also help reduce the stigma of mental health.

See how it helped one company and its employees

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