With Monday 15 January 2024 being dubbed 'Blue Monday', volunteers from Cheltenham and Gloucester Samaritans are heading to train stations across the county to lift commuters' spirits.
Visitors to Cheltenham Spa, Gloucester, Kemble, Stonehouse and Stroud train stations can pick up a free teabag from one of the Samartians volunteers and treat themselves to a comforting brew when they arrive at their destination.
The charity says that it's a myth to call the third Monday in January the most difficult day of the year, as people have good days and bad days which aren't dictated by the time of year.
Samaritans provides 24/7 confidential support over the phone to anyone feeling distress, despair or struggling with suicidal thoughts and responds to a call for help every 10 seconds. It also has a close relationship with Network Rail and local train operators to help minimise the risk of injuries on the railways.
Volunteers will be on platforms handing out free teabags until 12pm on Monday 15 January 2024 — and Samaritans is available to call anytime on 116 123.