A RANGE of events is being organised across South Tyneside next week to help people banish the January blues.
The third Monday in January, known as Blue Monday, is traditionally seen as the day when people’s spirits are low as Christmas is over and the bills can be mounting up.
To help combat the pressures that come with this, South Tyneside Council’s libraries and public health teams have joined forces with community and voluntary organisations to spread some cheer throughout the borough.
Coun Fay Cunningham, the council’s lead member for health and wellbeing, said: “The idea of Blue Monday is to put on a lot of feel-good events and activities for people to take part in.
“By helping people to feel connected, and building on the community spirit in South Tyneside, I’m sure this will boost people’s overall feeling of well-being and combat the blues that many feel at this time of year.”
Organisations including Tyneside Mind and the Health and Happiness Network will all be taking part in the day. The People’s Cafe, based in the basement of Central Library in Prince Georg Square, South Shields, will also be officially re-opened by the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson at 10am.
Taster sessions including meditation and laughter yoga will be held at the building until 2pm.
The cafe, which will be open for business five days a week, from Monday to Friday at 10am to 3pm, is run by six volunteers, some of whom have battled and overcome mental health problems.
A knit and natter session will run from 10am to 11.30am at Central Library for people to share tips and make new friends.
At 2pm the feel-good movie Billy Elliot will be shown in the library’s theatre, with tickets costing £1.50.
Meanwhile, from 10am to noon, coffee mornings will be running at Cleadon Park, Jarrow, Hebburn and East Boldon libraries.
For further information, about Blue Monday go to www.bluemonday.org.