January 17, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EDMONTON, AB – Awareness of Blue Monday, often referred to as the most depressing day of the year, is more important than ever, said Matt Jeneroux, the Member of Parliament for Edmonton Riverbend.
“More and more Canadians have been struggling with anxiety and depression because of the pandemic,” said Jeneroux.
“Blue Monday is a reminder of the struggles that many people are facing and an opportunity for us to work together and stamp out the stigma of mental health.”
The third Monday in January is considered to be the darkest day of the year because the weather is cold, the days are short, the holidays are over and the bills are due. This year, most Canadians are being told to stay at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, causing depressive feelings to be exacerbated.
Experts recommend increased physical activity and more virtual connection with loved ones to help combat the blues.
“It’s okay to reach out for help if you’re feeling depressed or anxious. These feelings are normal, especially when we’ve been struggling with a pandemic for almost a year,” said Jeneroux.
“The best thing you can do for yourself is to seek help. Talking with someone goes a long way in making you feel better.”
Jeneroux hosts an annual event in June called Father’s Day on the Hill to raise awareness of men’s mental health. He also worked with the Mental Health Commission of Canada on this opinion piece originally published in the Hill Times.
Help is available if you need it. In Alberta, you can use the Text4Hope service by texting COVID19HOPE to 393939 or by calling 1-877-303-2642.