The Blue Monday Delusion – RoSPA Office Security Weblog

The Blue Monday Delusion – RoSPA Office Security Weblog

‘Blue Monday’ will not be supported by exhausting proof, however melancholy 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 is because the concept 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 loads of scrutiny, however regardless of this, lots of people do endure with their psychological well being throughout the winter.

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

Managing psychological well being within the office

Though emotions of despondency and signs of melancholy can peak in winter months, you will need to do not forget 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 anyone time, a 3rd of employees within the UK endure with melancholy, stress and anxiousness. 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 melancholy or stress could also be at larger 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 revealed a coverage place on this topic.

You may look out to your workers or colleagues by studying to identify the indicators of frequent psychological well being problems resembling stress or melancholy:

  • Lack of self-confidence and vanity
  • Disappointment that does not go away
  • Tiredness/lack of power
  • Problem concentrating
  • Nervousness
  • Emotions of hopelessness
  • Avoiding different individuals, even shut pals 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 tips on how 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:

Threat Assessments

In session with security representatives, danger assessments ought to be reviewed in such circumstances to find out whether or not extra measures are essential to deal with any potential security efficiency impairments resulting from stress (whether or not occupational or non-occupational in origin).


Coaching applications for managers and security representatives on tips on how to cope with stress mustn’t solely tackle the identification, evaluation and administration of occupational stress and stressors, however tips on how to sort out the security influence 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 must have preparations in place to counsel help, and rehabilitate employees who’ve suffered psychological trauma because 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