Samaritans is turning Blue Monday into Brew Monday on 18 June, by encouraging people to get together for a cup of tea and a chat.
We believe tea and talking is a great way to connect with people and improve your mental health.
Nine out of ten of those who responded to a YouGov survey commissioned by Samaritans UK believe having a cuppa and a chat with someone who may be lonely is a good way of reaching out to them. Eight out of ten believe getting together for a tea and a talk makes them feel better.*
Samaritans Board Chair, Peter Barker said "We live in the age of email and social media, where people communicate by text or online rather than sitting down and having a proper two way conversation with each other. Brew Monday is about encouraging people to take the time to really talk and connect with people in a meaningful way.”
Samaritans volunteers will be giving out free tea bags at Wellington Railway Station on Monday 18 June encouraging us all to get together for a supportive brew.
We also want to remind people who may be feeling lonely, depressed or contemplating suicide that Samaritans helpline is always available 24 hours a day when you need someone to talk to and you want things to remain confidential or anonymous.
Workplaces up and down New Zealand are being encouraged to stage Brew Monday tea and chat fundraising events. Download the Brew Monday poster and spread the word at your workplace.
"Pressures can pile up over time and become overwhelming. Samaritans’ Brew Monday gives you the chance to sit down with someone and talk to them, or listen to them over a cup of tea, or coffee if you prefer. No matter what your brew, it’s great to get together and support each other. We’re grateful to everyone who’s making it a date to raise funds for Samaritans too, so that for people who feel they have nowhere else to turn, we can always be there" says Barker.
To support Samaritans on Brew Monday get together with friends or work colleagues for a cuppa and share your moment on social media using the hashtag #NZBrewMonday. Or make a donation by texting the word HOPE to 5785 to donate $3 to Samaritans.
Samaritans would like to acknowledge local Wellington companies t leaf T Ltd and Prestige Print for their support with this event.