Samaritans is encouraging people across Britain to beat Blue Monday by getting together for a cuppa on Monday 21 January 2019 for Brew Monday.

Dubbed ‘the most difficult day of the year’, the national charity is turning ‘Blue Monday’ on its head and is hoping to banish the January blues by encouraging friends, family and work mates to have a chat over a brew.

Brew Monday continues the theme of the Small Talk Saves Lives suicide prevention campaign, which Samaritans launched in 2017 with the British Transport Police and the rail industry. The campaign carries a similar thread – encouraging people to look out for those around them.

Ian Stevens, Network Rail’s Suicide Prevention program manager, said: “Brew Monday is a great opportunity for the rail industry to show its support for Samaritans and the great work they do in helping vulnerable people up and down the country.

“Millions of people use the rail network every day and if through this campaign we can encourage them to talk about their problems over a cup of tea, we will have made a significant contribution to their lives and to the lives of those around them.”

Paul Plummer, chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group, which represents the railway, said: “We’re proud to be welcoming Samaritans volunteers into our stations to give people a boost on one of the most difficult days of the year. The railway wants to support and strengthen communities and bringing people together over a cuppa is a great way to combat isolation and loneliness.”

Find out more about Brew Monday at www.samaritans.org/brewmonday

You can join the conversation on social media using #BrewMonday.