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Tell me why, I don’t like Mondays

Does anyone remember a channel called Sky Travel? It was a satellite TV channel in Britain that showed various documentaries and advertisements for travel destinations, which ran between 1994 and 2010.

Why am I mentioning this? Around 10 years ago, Sky Travel commissioned a dubious piece of ‘research’ to find ‘the most depressing day of the year’, which was then used in a press release to promote the channel. It stated that, due to various factors, this would be the third Monday of January each year. That would make it today, and it has gained the moniker of ‘Blue Monday’.

It’s well worth reading this article by Dr Ben Goldacre on the subject. Written for The Guardian, and re-published on his blog, it debunks the claims made in the press release; whilst there are peaks for prescriptions for anti-depressants and depression-related GP consultations, these are spread out throughout the year. There’s no single worst date. This hasn’t stopped a whole swath of brands pushing out ‘Blue Monday’ related posts on social media, although at least, in some cases, these include competitions and offers.

Of course, depression isn’t a subject to be taken lightly. If you’re having a hard time, see a health professional or a counsellor, or contact an organisation such as the Samaritans or Rethink Mental Illness.

As for me? I was asleep for a large part of it. We’ve had a busy weekend introducing Elizabeth to various friends and whilst she is sleeping better, she is still waking up several times a night for feeds and nappy changes. So I didn’t actually wake up properly until after 12pm today. I am so glad that I am still on paternity leave.

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