With poor weather, dark mornings, and post-Christmas bills dropping through the letterbox, it is little wonder that January 20 is known as “Blue Monday”.
Ballymena Methodist Church, however, aims to lift spirits on what has been termed ‘the most depressing day of the year’.
Rev Maureen Hassard and members of the Church family are, with the support of North Antrim Community Network and the Public Health Agency, holding an uplifting event on that date.
Being held in the church hall from 10am-12.30pm amd 1.15-3.15pm the day is open to all and offers lots of opportunities for fun, laughter and reasons to be cheerful with good mood food, good mood workouts, music for health, massage and juice therapy, support service health messages & refreshments.
Rev Hassard says: “This is a fun campaign and event providing a space to help make people smile — but it also has a serious message, at this time of year, when things can seem so gloomy, and people can often feel stressed or depressed it’s important to remember that negative thoughts can seriously impact on our overall well-being.
“The good news is there are simple, positive steps we can all take to keep the January Blues at bay, ” said the Methodist Minister.
She extended thanks to the event’s supporters - the NICHI programme and NICHI Project Officer Veronica McKinley for funding support; NACN’s Suicide Prevention Development Officer Amanda Pollock and Bereaved by Suicide Support Officer with NHSCT, Danielle Gallagher.