In a bid to power through the cold winter months, Central London Samaritans is encouraging people to reach out to someone they care about for a cuppa and a catch up for Brew Monday.
Whilst the third Monday in January is sometimes referred to as ‘the most difficult day of the year’, the charity is highlighting that there’s no such thing as ‘Blue Monday’ as people can feel a range of emotions any day of the year.
Although winter is thought to be one of the harder seasons with dark days and frosty nights, Samaritans volunteers hear similar concerns all year round from those that contact the charity. The main concerns include mental health and illness (46 percent), family (34% percent and loneliness (28 percent).
So, to ensure nobody struggles alone, on Brew Monday or any other day, Samaritans is reminding everyone to check in on friends, family or colleagues. It doesn’t need to be a Monday or a cup of tea, it’s about connecting and really listening to each other.
Branch Director Amy said: “As we enter another winter in these difficult times, we are encouraging people to look out for their family, friends and work colleagues and be that listening ear that they might just need. It doesn’t matter if it’s Monday morning or Thursday night, or if you’re drinking lemonade, black coffee or apple juice. If you’re sharing a cup of something and listening, you’re making a difference to someone’s day.”
Volunteers from Central London Samaritans will be joined by station staff at Waterloo station at 8am, 12pm and 5pm for a couple of hours handing out teabags, talking to passengers about the importance of reaching out and providing listening tips.
Central London residents can also organise tea parties, bake offs and events this Brew Monday and help volunteers continue to be there for anyone who needs a listening ear by raising vital funds for Samaritans.
To donate and find out other ways you can support Central London Samaritans visit samaritans.org/branches/central-london/brew-monday or alternatively you can donate by text – to donate £5 text SAM5 to 70470 (texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message).
Join the conversation on social media using #BrewMonday.