What exactly is Blue Monday and is it real?

·Freelance Writer
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According to mental health charity ‘Mind’, depression affects one in six people [Photo: Getty]

Social media users may have noticed that #BlueMonday has been trending on Twitter since the early hours of the morning. But what exactly makes the 15th January a date to remember?

Look no further for a definitive guide to Blue Monday:

What is Blue Monday?

Blue Monday is a term used to describe the date when people are most likely to report feelings of sadness or despair.

And although it is believed to be based on a complex algorithm, many academics cite the day as being purely a result of pseudoscience.

What date does Blue Monday fall on?

Blue Monday typically falls on the third Monday of January and this year, it rolled around on the 15th January.

Who coined the term, Blue Monday?

The concept of the date was first introduced to the public via a press release by Sky Travel back in 2005. The team collaborated with psychologist Dr. Cliff Arnall on the revolutionary project and created an algorithm to predict when the saddest day of the year would occur.

The results came about after taking into account debt levels, weather conditions and the time taken to quit New Year‘s resolutions in order to decide on a date when people feel most inadequate.

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Depression is a serious condition which can affect men and women regardless of the date [Photo: Getty]

Is Blue Monday real?

Even Dr. Arnall has admitted that Blue Monday is a ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’, as a consequence to the number of PR companies jumping on the trend in recent years for the purpose of profit.

While, neuroscientist Dean Burnett has also described the concept of Blue Monday as ‘scientifically ridiculous’.

And the date can prove dangerous for mental health sufferers who battle with depression regardless of what day it is.

In response, mental health charity Mind founded the #BlueAnyDay hashtag back in 2016 to remind the public that one in six people struggle with depression at some point in their lifetimes and that the illness is not something to trivialise.

For further information on treatment and support, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the team at Mind.


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