The third Monday in January is said to be the most depressing day of the year. To bring some cheer to this very blue day, the Samaritans started ‘Brew Monday’ to encourage people to have a chat over a nice cuppa. We met with local Samaritans groups to find out more about their ‘Brew Monday’ initiative and why the Samaritans are so important to the railways.

Samaritans Blue Monday

What is Brew Monday? How did it come about?

When it’s cold and grey outside, getting people together to connect over a warming cuppa and a good conversation helps to make us feel better and manage the ups and downs of life.

Brew Monday evolved from Blue Monday which is known to be the most depressing day of the year, the third Monday of January has been awarded the gloomy title due to a combination of post-Christmas blues, cold dark nights and the arrival of unpaid credit card bills.

What makes a good volunteer?

A good volunteer would be someone who has the time to be able to give up a few hours a week to support those in need.

Why volunteer?

Why not? – if you have the time and want to help those in need, in whatever way you can then it can give you a great sense of pride within.

Favourite place on the c2c route?

I would say between Chalkwell and Leigh where you can look out to sea and take in the calm of the day!

What do the Samaritans do?

The Samaritans are there to support others whatever the problem. We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and are always at the end of a phone, SMS or email. You can call free day or night on 116 123.

We are working together to ensure fewer people die by suicide.

Why do the Samaritans have such an important role within the railways?

Did you know a little small talk can be all it takes to interrupt someone’s suicidal thoughts?

Samaritans launched Small Talks Saves Lives together with Network Rail, British Transport Police and the wider rail industry to empower the public to use small talk to save lives on the railways and beyond.

It’s a small but simple thing. If you think somebody might need help, trust your instincts and strike up a conversation. You can’t make things worse.

How can you help?

There are lots of ways you can volunteer for Samaritans. You could become a listening volunteer, helping us to answer calls and messages from people who need some support. And there are a range of other opportunities available too.

Our branches across the UK and Ireland are always looking for support with marketing, fundraising, or even helping out in one of our shops. It all depends on what you’re good at and what you’ve got time for.