Ditching The Grey On Blooming Monday

I’ve written before about my history of anxiety and depression and I’m currently prescribed Prozac while the hospital gets to the bottom of my recurrent vertigo problems.
Despite some press stories and Wikipedia claiming that Blue Monday was January 6th this year, with the reasoning that the first Monday back at work after the festive season was bound to be the most “depressing”, mental health charities are still using the now traditional 3rd Monday and this year it’s January 20th.

I outlined the idea behind Blooming Monday last year and also did a follow-up post on my Blue Monday.

Mental Health Research UK (MHRUK) is once again hosting Blooming Monday in order to help break down the continuing stigma attached to mental illness. One in four people will have some form of mental illness in their lives. (MHRUK)

They hope once again to get #bloomingmonday and #brightenup trending on Twitter and raise more awareness of Seasonal Affective Disorder and other mental health issues.

Founder member and Trustee of MHRUK, Dr Laura Davidson, said: “Blooming Monday is an annual campaign to bring some cheer on ‘Blue Monday’.
On 20 January 2014, we invite everyone to join our Blooming Monday campaign and make a big visual impact by injecting some unexpected colour and joy into the day.
It’s a simple ask: that everyone wears their brightest clothes on one of the dullest days of the year. Even if you have to wear formal clothes to work, you can at least wear a bright tie or scarf or even socks for a change, and bring a smile to someone’s face.”

As a precursor to this the Blooming Monday team organised a flashmob in Trafalgar Square on Sunday afternoon, looks as though the rain stayed away to help #brightenup too 🙂

source: Demotix.com

MHRUK funds research into the causes of mental illness and helping to develop much better treatments to reduce the misery resulting from it.
We welcome all donations and collections, however small, towards a new Blooming Monday research scholarship on depression.
The easiest way to donate is by text.
For less than the price of your next cup of coffee, please text BLOO22 £2 to 70070.

Find Blooming Monday on Facebook and Twitter and join in by posting or tweeting photos of you and others wearing your brightest clothes on the day for a chance to win a Blooming Monday t-shirt. The most spectacularly outlandish, neon, clashing outfit will win!

I’m doing blues, greens & purples…What will you wear to work today?

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  1. What a fantastic idea! I’ve already got a lurid blue top on, and the sun is streaming through the windows, so I’m nice and cheerful. Going to go and find something even brighter to put on 🙂

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