Monday, 18 January 2016

"Blue Monday"

The 16th of January 2016: the third Monday of the year and the so called "blue Monday". The most depressing day of the year. Now this is going to be a bit of a rant but here is why. Giving a day where it is socially acceptable for people to feel depressed is almost saying that on the other 364 days of the year it isn't socially acceptable. When it should be. On this day more people talk about depression but why stop it there? Why can't we talk about it on 365 days of the year? Why can't we sit at a table and talk about our mental health without it being awkward?

The phrase "I feel depressed" is used all too lightly in our society and this particular day encourages people to use it. Depression does not last just one day. Depression strikes on any day, not just because it is the third Monday of the year. Depression doesn't care if its your birthday or Christmas or any other day in which you "should"  be happy. It just appears. 1 in 6 people will experience depression at some point in their lives, this is not just feeling down on blue Monday. We are about talking depression where it affects you physically and mentally, where you may not be able to get out of bed, let alone eat and wash. Depression isn't just feeling "blue". In fact, depression is a wide range of colours, it's red for anger and black for hopelessness and yellow for the rare days of positivity.
Assigning a day to depression in the form of "blue Monday" downplays just how tough it can be to suffer from this mental illness.

Whilst searching for other opinions on this I found a good point:

"How are you? No, how are you really? Because just for today, you can legitimately respond with something other than, "fine thanks.""*

This is linking back to my first point, it is only giving one day in the year where it is ok to respond with the answer "actually I'm not great today". Why can't this be done on the other days without people shying away or looking for the trapped door underneath their feet to swallow them up and remove them from having "that" conversation.

Actually, "that" conversation could do someone a lot of good, and if that conversation can help people then remind me, why do we only socially accept that talking about depression can happen on one day of the year?
To read another article on "blue Monday" check this out:


  1. I couldn't agree more. I already said something regarding ''international women's day'', how we should raise awareness year around.

    Days like blue Monday that play into the stigma... but, it's precisely b/c of that stigma that we need to start somewhere, and eventually, though raising awareness, we'll be able to make our point and bring the stigmas down, stopping 1-day "deals".

    Your article as many other bloggers ones can be joined and shared to create this mass that people cannot ignore, must read and understand that indeed, allowing us 1 day a year of openness isn’t fair to anyone. It perpetuates stigma, and makes it appear as if we can stop depression on command and channel it into one day expression, when this is far from the true.

    Together, let’s join our voices to the countless others ; let’s break down these walls that separate Blue Monday from the rest of the year.

  2. What a powerful comment, thank you. It is very true, this very day contributes greatly to the stigma that surrounds mental illness.