The Blue Monday Fantasy – RoSPA Office Security Weblog

‘Blue Monday’ is probably not 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 underneath plenty of scrutiny, however regardless of this, lots of people do undergo with their psychological well being through the winter.

In line with analysis carried out by pollster YouGov, as many as 29 per cent of UK adults might undergo 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 keep in mind that psychological well being points can have an actual influence on workplaces all 12 months spherical.

Final 12 months, the Well being and Security Government reported that at anybody time, a 3rd of employees within the UK undergo with despair, stress and nervousness. In 2017/18 this led to fifteen.4million misplaced working days.

In addition to a lack of productiveness, workers who’re affected by psychological well being points resembling despair or stress could also be at increased 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 to your workers or colleagues by studying to identify the indicators of frequent psychological well being issues resembling stress or despair:

  • Lack of self-confidence and shallowness
  • Disappointment that does not go away
  • Tiredness/lack of power
  • 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 may assist develop a supportive office tradition:

Danger Assessments

In session with security representatives, danger assessments must be reviewed in such instances to find out whether or not further measures are essential to deal with any potential security efficiency impairments as a consequence of stress (whether or not occupational or non-occupational in origin).


Coaching applications for managers and security representatives on the best way to cope with stress mustn’t solely deal with the identification, evaluation and administration of occupational stress and stressors, however the best way to sort out the protection influence of non-occupational stress in key employees.


Employees experiencing stress want re-assurance that any changes to their work for security causes won’t result in unfair discrimination. Equally, organizations have to have preparations in place to counsel help, 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