SAMARITANS are urging commuters to put the kettle and have a cup of tea and a chat.
The charity says those catching trains for work are among the most dispirited people in the country.
And volunteers took to Warwick, Leamington and Stratford stations to hand out teabags on January 21, known as ‘Blue Monday’ – thought to be the most depressing day of the year as many New Year resolutions have failed, diet and exercise plans have collapsed, credit card bills need paying and the weather is often bad.
The charity has renamed the day ‘Brew Monday’ to urge people to have a cup of tea and talk with someone who may be going through a difficult time.
Director of Stratford Samaritans Phil Cazaly said: “Health, family, work, relationships and money issues can make life really tough for some people. So can loneliness, isolation, anxiety and depression. We hope this will make people think about taking time out to listen to other people over a cup of tea. Everyone needs someone to talk to when life gets them down.”
Visit www.samaritans.org to find out more about Samaritans.