Behind all this talk about "Blue Monday" or "January Blues", many people we meet at the Jesus Centre are struggling with mental health problems.
Did you know that today has been dubbed as “Blue Monday”? Apparently, the third Monday in January could be the most depressing day of the year for most people, due to a combination of cold weather, debt level, time since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and feeling of a need to take action.
Some people have dismissed this claim as “pseudoscience”, but it doesn’t take a scientist to realise that January has the potential to be quite a low point for a lot of people. Who doesn’t feel a little gloomy when the Christmas lights have all vanished and the temperature drops?
We all have our “blue Mondays”; in fact, every day can be a struggle for the 1 in 4 of us in the UK who struggle with mental health problems. For people who are experiencing homelessness, refugees or asylum-seekers, this is particularly prevalent.
Here are some statistics from the Mental Health Foundation website:
At the London Jesus Centre, we aim to do what we can to meet peoples’ basic needs (e.g. food, clothing, showers, toiletries) and to help them live a better quality of life. We point people towards the right services, as well as being a listening ear when it’s needed, and being a refuge when life feels too overwhelming.
“I finally met someone who would listen to my story and was patient with me.”
Merton, 50 years old, said this about his time at the Jesus Centre: “For many different reasons my experience in London has been painful and I would describe it as hell on earth. Things turned around when I came to the Jesus Centre. I finally met someone who would listen to my story and was patient with me. Through their RoadMap Project, they were able to help me with accommodation and to return home to Germany and start life over again.”
On this supposedly “Blue Monday”, why not find time to be a listening ear to someone who might really need it? If you would like to support us at the Jesus Centre, as we seek to help more people like Merton, why not set up a regular donation or look into volunteering?