Most miserable Blue Monday ever: Law well-being charity shares its advice

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Today is an opportunity to reflect on our mental health


LawCare has shared its advice on how to tackle what’s meant to be the most miserable Blue Monday ever.

Psychologist Dr Cliff Arnall, the guy behind the Blue Monday phenomenon, reckons the beginning of the third week in January has the highest ‘depression score’ in the whole 2017 calendar. This is because of, for example, looming Christmas credit card bills and failed New Year’s resolutions. Law students may also find this period particularly challenging because of January deadlines and vac scheme application stress.

But this year’s Blue Monday is set to be even more depressing than usual thanks to anxiety over Brexit and Donald Trump’s incoming presidency, and recent celebrity deaths.

Ex-Lord Chancellor with his new BFF
Ex-Lord Chancellor Michael Gove with his new BFF

Instead of wading in the doom and gloom, the charity thinks today “provides an opportunity to reflect on our mental health and what we can each do to maintain our well-being”.

Its advice to law students who are experiencing stress or feeling low is to make the best use of the support around them.

You can talk to teaching staff, consider counselling offered by law schools and — of course — call LawCare to talk through what is worrying you.

Other advice provided by the law well-being charity is to organise your study time and deadlines into a manageable plan, go to your GP to see if there is an underlying condition that could be treated, and to take time out for exercise and other non-work related activities.

A final word from LawCare:

These feelings can develop at any time of the year not just in January, so it’s always important to stay tuned in to your mind and body, and acknowledge what is happening to you. And if you notice someone on your course or a friend who may be struggling to cope, have a chat with them and let them know there is support.

You can contact LawCare here.

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Lol at being upset over a celebrity death.


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A great many people are very pleased about trump’s presidency. Do you have to be so blatantly partisan ?



Because the people who are very pleased are very very stupid and we should not have to pretend otherwise…Why should a web site not be partisan?


Hillary's husband

Hi Donald …. you ratbag!



Hi Bill…. 😉



Putting aside personal bias, most people in the UK are anti-Trump


Just Anonymous

How do you know? It was also generally thought most people in the UK were pro-EU.

Then we had a referendum which proved otherwise.



And there was an election in the US which showed that more people wanted Clinton.


Just Anonymous

Irrelevant. Your claim was that most people in the UK are anti-Trump.

How people voted in the US is not evidence of what people in the UK think.


That’s not me.


And that’s not me either.


Neither is this.


Everyone I’ve spoken to on the subject odd anti-Trump. My girlfriend works with predominantly young, white working classes males (the demographic that most strongly supported Trump in the US), and they all don’t like him either. Obviously this isn’t exactly a very scientific survey, but as I can’t survey all 60 million people in the UK, it’s all I can do. Trump also had media support in his campaign (most media outlets were anti him, but a couple of the big ones, like Fox were very anti Hilary and pro-Trump). I don’t think he enjoys any such media support here.

Finally, I feel that Trump speaks to a particularly American view of politics and society, self reliance, government as an intrusion, and so on. So as an example, he is pro gun rights (and in the U.S., guns aren’t seen just as self defence tools but as symbolic of the individual’s power against big government), and is anti a nationalised healthcare system (again, an NHS doesn’t really fit in with the American ideal of individual autonomy and small government). By contrast, that philosophy doesn’t really exist in Britain, which partly explains why most are pro gun control and a healthcare system.

Again, I can’t ‘know’ that the majority of British citizens are anti (or at least a bit dismissive of Trump), but these are my gut feelings on the matter based on observation of what’s going on around me, and therefore I think I’m correct in saying this.



Well said, Sir.


Why do you assume the commenter is male?


Possibly because the commenter referred to a girlfriend and given that over 90% of the population identify as heterosexual, inferred from this information that the commenter was highly likely to be male.


Where’s that statistic come from?


Well no, the referendum showed that 37.4% of people were in favour of leaving. Others were either against the move or apathetic (and therefore presumably satisfied enough with the EU status-quo as not to challenge it).


Just Anonymous

That’s an imaginative way to ignore a result you don’t like: just assume that everyone we know nothing about agrees with you!

But it doesn’t matter, since my point wasn’t about Brexit per se but about the folly of blindly accepting perceived wisdom. So I can simply amend the example to evade your slipperiness as follows:

It was generally thought Remain were going to win the referendum. However, they lost.


Eh? There’s nothing partisan about saying that many people are anxious about Trump. It’s clearly true. The fact that others are happy about his election doesn’t cancel this out.


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