On 17 June 2019, Samaritans are asking Kiwis to turn Blue Monday into Brew Monday by getting together with family, friends or work colleagues for a cup of tea and a chat in an effort to banish the winter blues.
Samaritans believe getting together for a cup of tea and talking is a great way to connect with people and improve your mental health.
Samaritans volunteers will be at Wellington Railway Station on Monday 17 June giving out free tea and encouraging people to get together for a supportive brew.
"We live in the technology age, 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 in a meaningful way," explains Samaritans Board Chair Peter Barker.
Pressures can pile up over time and become overwhelming. If you’re feeling stressed, anxious, concerned about something then there is enormous value in being able to talk that through with someone.
Brew Monday is also a reminder that for anyone who may be feeling lonely, depressed or contemplating suicide that Samaritans helpline (0800 726 666) is available 24 hours a day when you need someone to talk to and you want things to remain confidential.