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Blue Monday = Fake News

Blue Monday is a celebration of everything wrong with the media. Coined in 2005 by a PR company, it’s the very definition of fake news – a confection of fatuous science that’s become a meme as depressing as the day it represents.

 

For men and women of a certain age, the words Blue Monday evoke a misty eyed memories of misspent nights and chemical-induced highs. In 2018 it’s much less fun, apparently it’s the ‘most depressing day of the year’.

 

The original ‘Blue Monday’ was coined by a PR firm to promote something nobody can remember (it was actually Sky Travel, according to Wikipedia), but, like other pernicious memes, has been embraced by the media and used to promote, well, anything.

 

The first thing to state is that Blue Monday will not be the most depressing day of the year. We’re staring headlong into the possibility of a worldwide nuclear conflict, wars rage across the world and the NHS seems set for implosion at any point.

 

So it’s not likely to be the most depressing day of the year, but it’s all light hearted fun, isn’t it?

 

Well, not exactly. Blue Monday trivialises depression, making light of a serious condition that can destroy lives.

 

That’s why the work of organisations like Blue Monday Bristol is helping to provide advice and support for those who may be experiencing depression. They’re bringing together over 40 organisations who provide support and advice for those who need it.

 

People can get depressed at any time of the year – not just on some media-approved day in January – but there is support out there if you need it.