The third Monday in January is traditionally dubbed as ‘Blue Monday’, or the most depressing day of the year, but for a lot of people, mental health issues aren’t just something that come and go depending on what day of the week or year it is. That’s why this Blue Monday, (20 January), Bedfordshire Police is teaming up with the Samaritans and its Wellbeing Champions, to offer information, advice, and support, around mental health and wellbeing.
The day is part of the Samaritans’ campaign to ditch Blue Monday for Brew Monday, encouraging people to have a chat over a brew instead.
The Wellbeing Team from Bedfordshire Police said: “We recognise that January can be a difficult time for many people, with miserable weather and finances stretched after Christmas. That’s why we’re supporting the Samaritans’ Brew Monday campaign and we’re urging people to open up and talk and find support on Monday – just by having a cuppa and a chat.
“We know that people can suffer from mental health problems at any time of the year and for many different reasons, and having the chance to talk about any problems you are experiencing can make a really big impact, so it’s important that we all take this time to talk to each other, our friends, and our colleagues, and find out how they’re really doing.”
For those who are feeling low, depressed or anxious after being affected by crime, you can contact the Signpost Hub. The Hub offers free and confidential support whether the crime has been reported or not, to victims, bereaved relatives, parents or guardians of victims under 18 and members of staff where a business has been the subject of a crime.
The Signpost Hub’s experienced staff and volunteers know what emotions and challenges victims may be going through. They are specially trained to listen and give help and advice. Often just talking to someone, especially one who is not family or a friend, can help victims, or those affected, make sense of what has happened and find a way to help cope and recover from a traumatic experience.
They can provide a safe, neutral place for victims to voice their fears, worries and emotions. Their emotional support is confidential and non-judgemental. They also work with a range of specialist organisations and community support groups and can make referrals to help victims on their journey.
The impact of a crime isn’t just emotional. Victims may also have to deal with practical problems such as damage to property, through to more serious issues such as loss of their home. The Hub can liaise with partner agencies on the victim’s behalf to help them to access support for these issues.
The Signpost Hub puts victims at the heart of everything it does. They can provide support to victims, irrespective of when the crime took place - whether it was recent, or a victim is experiencing delayed impact from a past crime.
Victim care co-ordinators will also discuss the benefits of restorative justice, which gives victims the opportunity to tell the offender about the real impact the crime they committed has had on them.
For further information or to get in contact visit www.signpostforbedfordshire.com/hub