The Blue Monday Fantasy – RoSPA Office Security Weblog

‘Blue Monday’ will not be supported by arduous proof, however despair and different psychological well being points are an actual concern within the office.

Earlier than 2005 no-one talked about Blue Monday.

The rationale for it’s because the concept that the third Monday within the month of January, later dubbed ‘Blue Monday’, was invented in a press launch 15 years in the past. The strategy used to develop the idea has since come below numerous scrutiny, however regardless of this, lots of people do endure with their psychological well being through the winter.

In response to analysis carried out by pollster YouGov, as many as 29 per cent of UK adults could endure from Seasonal Affective Dysfunction (SAD). SAD is characterised by persistent low temper, irritability, and feeling sleepy through the day.

Managing psychological well being within the office

Though emotions of despondency and signs of despair can peak in winter months, you will need to do not forget that psychological well being points can have an actual impression on workplaces all yr spherical.

Final yr, the Well being and Security Govt reported that at anyone time, a 3rd of employees within the UK endure with despair, stress and nervousness. In 2017/18 this led to fifteen.4million misplaced working days.

In addition to a lack of productiveness, staff who’re affected by psychological well being points reminiscent of despair or stress could also be at greater danger of being concerned in an accident. For a while now, RoSPA, has acknowledged that supporting individuals with psychological well being points at work is a key problem for well being and security managers. In 2016 RoSPA printed a coverage place on this topic.

You’ll be able to look out in your staff or colleagues by studying to identify the indicators of widespread psychological well being problems reminiscent of stress or despair:

  • Lack of self-confidence and vanity
  • Disappointment that does not go away
  • Tiredness/lack of vitality
  • Issue concentrating
  • Anxiousness
  • Emotions of hopelessness
  • Avoiding different individuals, even shut buddies or household
  • Sleep issues
  • Emotions of guilt or worthlessness
  • Lack of urge for food
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal ideas.

Psychological well being charity MIND has additional recommendation on the best way to spot psychological well being points at work.

Along with studying to identify the indicators that somebody could also be struggling, you will need to put in place practices that can assist develop a supportive office tradition:

Danger Assessments

In session with security representatives, danger assessments needs to be reviewed in such circumstances to find out whether or not extra measures are vital to deal with any potential security efficiency impairments on account of stress (whether or not occupational or non-occupational in origin).


Coaching packages for managers and security representatives on the best way to cope with stress shouldn’t solely tackle the identification, evaluation and administration of occupational stress and stressors, however the best way to deal with the protection impression of non-occupational stress in key employees.


Employees experiencing stress want re-assurance that any changes to their work for security causes is not going to result in unfair discrimination. Equally, organizations have to have preparations in place to counsel assist, and rehabilitate employees who’ve suffered psychological trauma on account of accident involvement, whether or not as a casualty or a witness.

For extra recommendation about managing psychological well being within the office please go to the RoSPA web site: being/Stress