With mental health referrals up 30% and a spike in absenteeism during January, the return of Blue Monday is a good a time as any to discuss the need for insurance products within the workplace, says COVER journalist Adam Saville.
Blue Monday, unlike the New Order track of the same name, is no reason for a song and dance. While the science behind it is widely contested by the mental health sector - there is a common belief that a simple formula on a single day trivialises psychological wellbeing - the third Monday in January is still discussed by many as the most depressing day of the year. A long financial month following Christmas, grim weather and a general sense of fatigue derived from winter blues are all obvious...
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