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Blue Monday Support

Posted on the 12th January 2017

With what is considered to be the ‘bluest Monday of the year’ around the corner, people in Lancashire who are struggling with their mental health can access support from the Mindsmatter service.

Monday 16 January will be marked as Blue Monday’, the third Monday of the month that reminds us that Christmas is over, our finances are low and the weather is getting colder. This is the time in which people are most likely to experience anxiety, low mood and distress. Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust Mindsmatter Teams in Lancashire are encouraging people who may be struggling with common difficulties such as stress or anxiety to get in touch for support. The service provides a variety of services including Stress Control workshops, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and access to online therapy courses. The team is providing some top tips to keep people well this Blue Monday, people can follow these on their own or with family and friends.

1- Find and cook a new recipe. Look for healthy ideas online, buy the ingredients and cook it for yourself or your family.

2- Go for a walk in the park, maybe look for a Geocache with friends or family as a fun challenge. www.geocaching.com/play.

3- Spend 15 mins doing some mindful practice, try mindful observation or breathing www.pocketmindfulness.com/6-mindfulness-exercises-you-can-try-today/. These techniques can really help reduce worry and stress.

4- Watch your favourite film or read your favourite book.

5- Focus today on fixing or cleaning that thing you keep avoiding, something small and achievable.

Phil Gooden, Mindsmatter Service Manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said

“We recognise that January can be an extremely difficult month, with the pressure of the festive period really taking its toll on us emotionally and financially. We understand that people can often find it hard to open up and that making the first move to get support can at times seem impossible.

“If you are concerned about the way you are feeling or the low mood of someone you care about you can contact your local team for advice and support. Once we receive the referral, the individual will receive a Welcome Call from one of our Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners who will discuss their needs and work with the individual to decide which course of treatment would be most suited to their needs. We want to remind people of the support available to them so they don’t suffer alone.”

People can access the service via the online referral form from the comfort of their own home, by post, telephone or by visiting their GP. For more information about your local Mindsmatter service and to access their online self-referral form please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/Mindsmatter.