CBC hosted an event to help lessen the effect of blue Monday. Blue Monday is considered the most depressing day of the year. The festivities of the holiday season are over, the weather is cold and gloomy and people are back to work. Instead of greeting cards in the mail, you receive credit card bills.
CBC teamed up with organizations that support individuals that are afflicted with depression especially at this time of the year.
According to telegraph, Dr. Cliff Arnall, Cardiff University alumni created a formula for predicting the most depressing day of the year in 2005. The formula is based on weather, debts, the Christmas season and lack of motivation and having to follow through on New Years resolutions. The equation suggests that the third Monday of January is the unhappiest day.
CBC Music Executive Producer Kai Black organized the event which featured Mayfield’s Secondary School choir from Brampton performing a few vocal numbers and various non-profit organizations such as the Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC), Cardio Go, and Saje Natural Wellness were there to support and engage the public. During the event there were guest speakers such as team Canada’s Olympian rugby player, Nadia Popov.
There were over one 1000 people who attended in the atrium of the CBC building at 250 Front Street in Toronto.
“ This event was so inspirational to attend, I learned so much from the guest speakers and being able to sing at the CBC was incredible,” says Nicholas Muia, a student from Mayfield Secondary School.
“Saje Natural Wellness has remedies for pain and anxiety. We make oils and mist for different things. Today we are promoting our anxiety reliever, we try to promote this because natural remedies are much better than medication,” says Vanessa Beven, a Saje Natural Wellness representative. Saje was also promoting their opening of the new location in Oakville.
Black invited MDSC to have a booth at the event to raise awareness about post dramatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and other forms of mental illness. MDSC promoted a fundraising walk, Defeat Depression, being held June 3, 2017.
“ I am here with MDSC as a practicum social service worker student and I suffer from depression. I truly believe that you can never really defeat depression. Depression is a part of who I am and I will never be without,” said Kylee Hinde, a student from George Brown College. “ By simply speaking openly about depression and mental illness we can defeat the stigma associated with depression and other mood disorders," she adds.
“Depression is not going to stop and neither are we,” said Spencer Lawrence, a student from George Brown College.
“I myself suffer from depression, I am blind and it makes things very challenging. I love hosting this event because it brings people together on the most depressing day of the year and allows them to know that they are not alone,” said Black.
Sourced from Samantha Russell from The Sheridan Sun