Blue Monday is thought of as the most depressing day of the year. It typically falls on the third Monday in January, so will fall on the eighteenth this year. The term ‘Blue Monday’ was first coined in 2004 and since then it has become widely known around the world. You may not be aware that it is also considered to be very controversial in mental health and scientific circles. In the scientific community, the formula used to calculate the most depressing day of the year is considered ‘nonsensical’ and ‘farcical’. Within the mental health community, there are fears it distorts or minimises and misinforms the general populace on the nature of depression and associated mental health conditions. Furthermore, the reason the formula came into existence was on the back of an advertising campaign looking to find the best day to book a summer holiday!
06 January 2021