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SWR and Samaritans team up to launch 'Brew Monday'

South Western Railway (SWR) is working alongside Samaritans to promote 'Brew Monday' across their network, spreading the message that it's okay not to be okay.

The third Monday of January is dubbed the most difficult day of the year, or 'Blue Monday'.

Though, the 'Brew Monday' events - which are being held at stations across the SWR network - aim to 'spread the warmth' over a cuppa.

Volunteers from Samaritans will be available to offer mental health advice and listening tips.

If you want to have a chat with them, they can be found today (20 January, 2020) at:

  • Farnborough: 06:30 – 10:30
  • Guildford: 07:00 – 19:00
  • Waterloo: 07:00 – 19:00
  • Surbiton: 08:00 – 10:00
  • Woking: 08:00 – 14:00
  • Winchester: 10:00 – 14:00
  • Basingstoke: 14.00 – 19:00
  • Kingston: 16:30 – 18:30

Neil Peters, Samaritans Rail programme manager, said:

“During the cold and grey winter months, connecting with others over a cuppa can help weather the ups and downs of life.

"Anyone can hold a Brew Monday event at work, at home, wherever and whenever you like – all you need is a kettle and some mugs, and this could make a huge difference in someone’s life.”

Christian Neill, Head of Stations and Customer Experience, said:

“There shouldn’t be a stigma around discussing mental health issues.

"No matter how big or small, having someone there to listen and help talk through a problem can be life-changing.

“That’s why we’re really happy to support the Samaritans with these events across our network on Brew Monday.”

“When it’s cold and grey outside, getting people together to connect over a warming cuppa and a good conversation helps to make us feel better and manage the ups and downs of life.”

According to Samaritans, suicide is the biggest killer of people aged 20-24 and five million calls for help are made annually.

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