Events are being lined up in Scarborough to help combat the most depressing day of the year – Blue Monday.
The third Monday in January – Monday 18th – 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.
Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale Mind (SWR Mind) is inviting people to wear blue at their place of work, education or with friends and make a donation to the charity which supports local people with mental illness.
Sophie Hall, head of Services for SWR Mind, said: “Blue Monday is a chance for people to reflect on what makes us depressed and what can be done to help and overcome the issues surrounding depression.
Staff from SWR Mind will be in Tesco in Scarborough on Monday where they will hold a collection and selling wrist bands and cuddly elephants – the charity’s mascot.
Cober Hill Hotel and Conference Centre near Scarborough is opening its doors from Monday to Friday for a week of free special events, from 10am to 2.30pm each day, for its Beat Blue Monday initiative.
These include birds of prey and reptiles, cycling and a talk from a life coach.
For more, call Cober Hill Hotel on (01723) 870310.