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Blue Monday Myth, Mental Health Challenges a Reality

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For 15 years, the third Monday in January has been dubbed “Blue Monday,” billed as “the most depressing day of the year.” This simply isn’t true. Research in Ontario suggests that 15 percent of the general population have experienced the winter blues, which can include changes in appetite and lethargy as the days grow shorter. The winter blues differs from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, which affects about two percent of the population and is a serious form of depression. Symptoms include weight gain, decreased energy and fatigue. However, the challenges we are facing this January 2023 are real and most people are impacted, the weather is chilly, we may be sad about the end of the holidays, and the impacts and uncertainty of COVID-19 continue.

The Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington (CMHA WW) offers tips to support your mental health:

CMHA Waterloo Wellington is here to help. CMHA WW offers a number of programs and services as well as crisis support through Here 24/7, 1-844-437-3247. Visit our website to www.cmhaww.ca/events to access free webinars to increase your mental wellness and visit www.here4help.ca for resources for coping with mental health during COVID-19.

The Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington (CMHA WW) is a non-profit organization that provides a full care system for those with addictions, mental health or developmental needs. CMHA WW serves everyone from children to adults to seniors and helps individuals and families to lead lives filled with meaning and promise.  

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