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Banish The Monday Blues With A Samaritans Brew
Leeds Samaritans is encouraging people in Leeds 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 charity is turning third Monday in January 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.

Samaritans will be in the Leeds John Lewis cafe on Monday 21 January 2019. Samaritan volunteers will be handing out free tea bags and encouraging customers to take the time to have a cuppa with family, friends and neighbours who may be finding it difficult at this time of year.

Alwyne Greenbank, Leeds Samaritans Director, “ We would like to express our thanks to John Lewis & Partners for supporting our Brew Monday initiative and allowing us to help raise awareness at this crucial time of year”.

Located on Clarendon Road, the Leeds branch of Samaritans currently has 140 volunteers helping to answer some of the 5 million calls for help that Samaritans responds to every year from people going through a difficult time. In addition they also train listeners in Armley prison, provide talks for community groups and schools and attend mental health awareness days throughout the year.

Tracey Whitehead, Leeds branch deputy director said “People don’t have to be suicidal to call Samaritans, in fact one of the main reasons callers contact us is isolation and loneliness. During the winter months these feelings can be at their most intense, so getting together for a brew with friends can provide a lift on what is meant to be the most difficult days of the of year”

You can join the conversation on social media using #BrewMonday and why not make a donation while you’re there, you could help save a life.

Banish The Monday Blues With A Samaritans Brew, 10th January 2019, 10:23 AM