Hang In There, Montreal — We've ~Officially~ Reached The 'Most Depressing Day Of The Year'

"Blue Monday" isn't real, but here are some mental health tips from the government anyway.
Senior Editor
It's Blue Monday ~Officially~ The 'Most Depressing' Day Of The Year

Take it in. We're here. It's Blue Monday, (un)officially the "most depressing day of the year."

Numerousreportsover the years have shown that the date isn't actually grounded in any real science — the idea reportedly comes from a psychologist's debunked equation. But it's nevertheless an occasion to check in with our mental health after a harrowing year

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On Twitter, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada encouraged Canadians to "call your loved ones," "lose yourself in a good book" or "order comfort food from a local restaurant," to get through the day. 

The federal agency is also pointing residents to the government's online list of tips for maintaining mental health during the pandemic.

These tips include "[taking] breaks from social media and the news," eating healthily, exercising, and "practising mindfulness" through activities like meditation and stretching.

It also recommends limiting substances — something the Government of Quebec has also encouraged. 

"You’re already shaken by the pandemic. Don’t add alcohol to the mix," was the message from one terrifying public ad from the provincial government. 

Quebec also has some pretty extensive online mental health resources, including this actually pretty comforting and helpful list of its own tips

There's also this online list of symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. 

In Quebec, those "experiencing stress, anxiety or depression" can always contact Info-Social 811, where "professionals in psychosocial intervention will offer [...] support and share information and advice according to your needs."

If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or mental health concerns, please reach out to a trusted peer, parent or health care professional. You can also contact a helpline which is available 24 hours a day to talk. Or click here, for additional resources.

If you need immediate assistance please call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest hospital. Support is available.

Thomas MacDonald
Senior Editor
Thomas MacDonald is a Senior Editor for MTL Blog focused on Montreal public transit and is based in Montreal, Quebec.
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