Blue Monday

Blue Monday

Blue Monday

With Blue Monday, the day claimed to be the most depressing of the year, fast approaching, Winchcombe is putting on a free event for residents to equip them with advice on how to care for their mental health.

The ‘Roads to Recovery’ event on Saturday 19th January, hosted by Encounter Church in Winchcombe, will bring together expert speakers from the 2gether Trust, Christians Against Poverty, Foodbank and mental health charity the Independence Trust. It is supported by Encounter Church, The Independence Trust, Mental Health Experience Led Opportunities (MHELO) and 2gether NHS Foundation Trust.

The free event couldn’t come at a better time, taking place a few days ahead of what’s known as the most depressing day of the year, Blue Monday, on Monday 21st January.

Offering a series of sessions focused on helping people access advice to look after their mental health, an expert panel will help demystify the first steps in seeking help from your GP – a barrier to many seeking help – as well as offering a session on mindfulness and a discussion around the link between poverty and mental health.

Residents will also have the opportunity to find out more about the ‘Six Ways to Wellbeing’ – connect, give, be active, be mindful, keep learning and planet care.

Blue Monday

Sue Hext is Assistant Pastor at Encounter Church. She said, “For many people Christmas can be a tough time, and January can be even harder once the bills start landing on the door mat and the weather is cold, dark and grey. It is a time more than any other when people are struggling with their mental health or poverty.”

“We wanted to get the message out there that you don’t have to suffer in silence. There are people and places who can help. With Roads to Recovery we hope to sign post people to the best support.”

“This event is open to anyone who has been affected by anxiety or depression – whether you feel like you may need help yourself or you have a friend or family member needing support.”

The event, from 10am until 1.45pm, is free to attend and includes a complimentary light lunch. Tickets can be reserved online at

The event follows a successful drop in mental health awareness day held at Encounter Church last year, which saw 90 local residents walk through the doors to find out more caring for their mental health.

Funding for the ‘Roads to Recovery’ event has come from The Barnwood Trust and The Evans Adlard Charitable Trust.

For more information and for tickets please contact Ronald Wienand at Encounter Church by emailing or calling 01242 604552.

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