Isle of Man branch of Samaritans encourages community to reach out to those they care about this winter
In a bid to beat the winter blues, Isle of Man Samaritans is encouraging the community to stay connected by reaching out to someone they care about and enjoying a virtual cuppa this winter – starting on Brew Monday (18th January).
Winter has a reputation for being one of the hardest seasons to stay positive, with many finding it difficult to deal with the dark days and cold weather.
New research by Samaritans, which surveyed more than 1,400 of the charity’s volunteers, has found that the colder days and longer nights is causing heightened feelings of isolation for those already experiencing loneliness due to the pandemic restrictions. To ensure that nobody struggles alone, Samaritans is asking people to check in with those they care about for a cuppa and a chat – even a biscuit or two.
This year’s Brew Monday falls on 18th January, the third Monday in January, which is often referred to as ‘Blue Monday’ and considered the most difficult day of the year. Samaritans aims to turn this day on its head and into something positive by encouraging people to get together over a warming ‘virtual cuppa’ and a chat.
Gary Leeming, Branch Director of Isle of Man Samaritans, shares the importance of connecting with others.
He explained: ‘The challenges that many people face during the winter season have been felt more acutely this year with the pandemic, and even more so in January with the local lockdown restrictions. There couldn’t be a better time to reach out for a chat with someone you care about. It doesn’t have to be a Monday or even a cup of tea, it’s just about taking time to really listen to another person, which can in turn help them work through what’s on their mind.’
Samaritans is there for anyone struggling to cope. Anyone can contact the charity for free at any time from any phone on 116 123. Alternatively, you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org.