Blue Monday 2021

The third Monday in January is often referred to as “Blue Monday”, is thought to be the most depressing day of the year.

Spoiler: it isn’t.

Blue Monday is actually a PR stunt. In fact, it was originally dreamed up back in 2005 by a travel company as a way to sell more holidays, on the basis that gloomy weather, post-Christmas debt, failure to keep new year’s resolutions and the general dissatisfaction of going back to work made us all feel like we could do with a break.

Now an annual event in the PR calendar, Blue Monday is often used to promote or sell things that are vaguely linked to improving our wellbeing. And whilst we’re all for any reason to talk about wellbeing in the workplace, we also know that we should be taking time to consider our mental health 365 days a year, regardless of commercial influences.

Working in hospitality often means long hours and unsociable shifts. Pressured roles can be stressful, however there is tendency amongst industry workers to keep any mental health issues to themselves. Two thirds of people say they’ve experienced a mental health problem, but most face these pressures alone.

The HSE reports that stress, anxiety and depression accounted for more than half of all work-related ill health cases and working days lost due to ill health in 2020. More specifically, research from The Royal Society for Public Health found that ‘One in five hospitality workers suffer from work-related severe mental health issues’. Given the impact on operations, particularly for businesses with smaller teams, it makes sense that operators face the reality of mental health and talk openly about it with their staff.

With that in mind, we’ve pulled together some industry specific resources that are available every day of the year to support people and teams working in the Hospitality Industry.


So Let’s Talk is a not-for-profit platform with a mission to “86 the silence” around mental health in hospo. They provide education, events, training and activities on all aspects of mental, physical and financial health inside of the hospitality industry.



Hospitality Action was established in 1837 and has since offered vital assistance to all who currently work or have worked within the hospitality industry in the UK. They help hospitality people tackle issues like addiction, financial difficulties, bereavement and mental health problems through their free advice hub. They also offer an Employee Assistance Programme as well as on-site trauma support and mental health awareness training.



Hospitality Health is a Scottish charity formed in 2018 to support staff in the amazing world of Hospitality. They recognised that the industry had become more stressful for extremely hard working management and staff, and decided it was time to act and help those who were in need of support by providing wellbeing advice and signposting organisations to help businesses and individuals.



Samaritans have reclaimed Blue Monday and launched a new campaign for 2022 – Brew Monday – encouraging people to get together for a chat over a cuppa. Their campaign focuses on active listening, and how to spot the signs that someone might not be ok and they have a selection of downloadable resources on their website.





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