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Blue Monday and looking after your mental health

18 January 2019


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As we approach Blue Monday, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is highlighting the mental health services available in the county.

The post-Christmas blues brought on by cold winter days, long dark nights and the arrival of hefty heating and credit card bills has resulted in the third Monday in January becoming known as the most miserable day of the year.

We can all feel a bit fed up at this time of year, but if you are suffering from thoughts or feelings that adversely affect your life over a prolonged period, you should seek help.

Even though one in four people will suffer from some form of mental illness during their lives, many people still feel uncomfortable talking about their mental wellbeing. If you are worried about your mental health you can contact the Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service, where experienced staff can help you manage and overcome your difficulties.

Rosalind Alban, Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service’s Associate Clinical Director, said: “The Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service offers free support quickly and at a location convenient to you. Access to the service is much easier than you think. You will be able to speak to a clinician within days who will help you on your road to recovery.

“We offer fantastic group treatments which are very popular, telephone sessions, online treatments and individual therapies. We also offer staff support to organisations such as stress reduction workshops and can tailor a package that suits your needs. We look forward to speaking to you.”   

The Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service is for residents of Bedfordshire (excluding Luton which has a separate service) who experience depression, anxiety, sadness, extreme shyness, relationship difficulties, obsessive behaviour, phobias and other psychological issues which are restricting their enjoyment of life.

Although Blue Monday is just a popular myth, mental illness is very real and blights the lives of millions. Looking after your mental health is as important as looking after your physical health, and Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service can provide expert help for those suffering from a wide range of mental health problems.          

For more information about the Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service visit https://bedfordshirewellbeingservice.nhs.uk/ or call 01234 880400.

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