I have two problems with Blue Monday. One is that there isn’t really any good evidence for seasonal variation in mood:
The other is that serious mental health charities have been getting involved in using it, when they should be holding a line, advocating for patients based on good scientific evidence. When these charities participate in a circus of media churnalism, that encourages journalists to believe it’s ok to make stuff up around mental health, and we are more likely end up with stories like the hideous Mentaline, described below:
I’ve spent many years working – amongst others – with patients who have serious mental health problems. I don’t think we help move things forward, or get mental health taken more seriously, by using dodgy science.
Anyway… here’s me on NPR On The Media discussing Blue Monday, there are some funny new bits:
More on Blue Monday going – back to 2003 – here:
More on PR reviewed scientific research:
And here’s the whole OnTheMedia episode: