UpBeat Event to kick Blue Monday
Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust (LCH) is partnering with a range of local mental health support agencies to promote positive mental wellbeing and help people to beat ‘Blue Monday’ this year.
‘Blue Monday’ takes place annually on the third Monday of January (Monday 26th January), and is widely said to be the most depressing day of the year.
The Trust is partnering with a range of community partners including the Richmond Fellowship, Imagine Mental Health, CHATs, and Big Love Sista to co-host ‘UpBeat 2’ - a free music and arts day for anyone living with or recovering from mental health problems.
The event will be hosted at the Zanzibar Club on Liverpool’s Seel Street and will offer a range of free arts workshop sessions running throughout the day – including drama, singing, music and poetry.
In addition, many of the event participants will be taking part in a performance evening at the venue from 7.30pm which will showcase some of the skills they have learned during the day.
Sessions and activities will be running at the following times during the day:
- 11:00am: Ice Breaking Sessions from Open the Door Theatre Company: Artists & Mentors
- 12:00pm: Group Sessions Start: Songwriting / Comedy / Poetry
- 3:00pm: Sound Checks and Rehearsals for Evening Event. Food will also be served.
- 6:00pm: Therapies to aid relaxation (pre-performance)
- 7:30pm: Doors open for evening performance
Rod Leung, Community Links Advisor for Richmond Fellowship explains:
“At Richmond Fellowship, we specialise in supporting people with mental health problems to recover, rehabilitate and to get the most out of life - and that’s exactly what this event is all about.”
“Being creative and developing new skills can be a fantastic way to build self-esteem and support positive mental wellbeing amongst individuals recovering from mental health problems, so we would encourage anyone who feels they might benefit from taking part in one of these workshops to get in touch with us and to apply to take part.”
Paul White, Mental Health Lead for Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust adds,
“Blue Monday is said to be the day that most of us feel at our lowest ebb, thanks to long, dark winter days, and due to people feeling financially challenged and demotivated after the Christmas season.
“All of these factors can have a very real impact on our mood, but this event is all about bucking that trend by being upbeat and reminding people that 26th January doesn’t have to be the most depressing day of the year for anyone.”
To find out more about taking part in this event, please contact Charlotte Davies from Imagine Independence by emailing: email@example.com
The team behind the event is also keen to remind everyone of the five ways to wellbeing – which are 5 simple things that anyone can do to help them beat Blue Monday.
- Connect with others - Social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing, and even small changes make a difference.
So why not speak to someone face to face instead of sending an email, phone a family member who you haven’t spoken to in a while, or look up an old friend?
- Be active - Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age group, and it doesn’t need to be particularly intense for you to feel good either.
So why not go for a walk with colleagues in your lunchbreak, get off the bus one stop earlier, or organise a kick-about or cycle ride in your local park?
- Take notice - Studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your wellbeing, and savouring ‘the moment’ can have a reaffirming affect.
Take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you, or visit somewhere new.
- Learn - Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and has been strongly associated with higher levels of wellbeing.
So why not learn something new? Sign up for a class, read a book, take up a new hobby or research something you’ve always wondered about.
- Give - Research has shown that those who have a greater interest in helping others are more likely to report being happy themselves.
So why not try volunteering in your local community, or do a random act of kindness for someone else?
For more information please call the LCH Communications Team on: 0151 295 3200