Leeds Mind: Multicoloured Monday

Leeds Mind had fun this year turning “Blue Monday into Multi coloured Monday”!

Blue Monday is the name given to a day in January (typically the third Monday of the month) reported to be the most depressing day of the year. However, as many people who are living with depression know, those feelings are not dictated by the date…Therefore Leeds Mind decided in January 2019 to rename “Blue Monday” and celebrate the 21st January as “Multi coloured Monday” and put mental health and wellbeing first in the workplace. 

Here are a few thoughts from Leeds Mind employees about the effect this had on their day!

Helen Flannigan, Administrator at Workplace Leeds

“True to expectations, Monday 21st January (known as ‘Blue Monday’, statistically proven to be the saddest day of the year) dawned grey and icy cold. Undeterred by the freezing temperature I opted for a pair of summer trousers in satsuma orange, with a mustard top and purple earrings, topped off with an orange and purple head scarf. It was so lovely getting to work and checking out everyone else’s outfits (and having a giggle over the very different interpretations of the ‘multi-coloured’ brief!)
In all honesty I wasn’t in the best of moods and feeling pretty drained after a rough night’s sleep, but pulling together with my colleagues to make the day a little bit special and seeing everyone looking so bright and cheerful really lifted me. I was even a joint winner (along with Kate and Natalie) of a very large Toblerone for most brightly coloured outfit (and who doesn’t love an unexpected gift of chocolate on a Monday?!) The only downside I can think of is having to huddle over a radiator all day due to my satsuma trousers being completely inadequate for the cold weather (and possibly a few startled looks when I went out for my lunchtime walk!), but I had a lovely day and thoroughly enjoyed dressing up to beat ‘Blue Monday’.”

Kate Balmforth, Employment Specialist at Workplace Leeds
“I love bright colours and upon the announcement of Leeds Mind coloured Monday I knew instantly what I will be wearing. Garish pink and orange top was identified as my quiet and restrained outfit for the day. Working in the community that day required few explanations as to my choice of outfit to some staff as well as to my clients. Everyone agreed that coloured Monday is a fantastic idea and we had few jokes about my choice of clothing. As I mentioned – I love bright colours anyway so on Tuesday my choice was – red, Wednesday – bright blue, Thursday – turquoise, Friday – green. It made me smile when by the end of the week some of the staff working in the community were absolutely convinced that Leeds Mind coloured day lasted for a full week – not just Monday!”