Health leaders at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG encouraged their staff to take a break on Monday, January 20 for Brew Monday.

Talking to someone about any subject, from the weather to that new TV programme everyone’s watching, can have a positive impact on the way you’re feeling. That’s why the staff at both CCGs took time out of their day to chat to each other over tea and cakes.

Fiona Taylor, chief officer of the CCGs, said: “A lot of people struggle with their mental wellbeing at this time of year. Events like these are a great way to encourage people to take a break from their busy day and spend a few minutes looking after their mental health.

“It was good to see so many staff taking part in Brew Monday and turning what is often thought of as the most depressing day into a positive experience. Brew Monday is a brilliant way for people to connect over a warm cup of tea.”

During the event, donations were collected for the local Samaritans group, a charity which supports people in emotional distress.

‘Brew Monday’ was originally launched by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust who host events across the region each year to raise awareness of their ‘zero suicides’ initiative, which is a commitment to eliminating suicide for all those in their care.

If you are feeling anxious or depressed, you can contact Access Sefton for free NHS talking therapies for common mental health conditions. The service is available to anyone aged 16 and over and registered with a Sefton GP. For more information visit Access Sefton online at www.insighthealthcare.org/accesssefton or call 0300 303 2708.

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