Hampshire library encourages starting a new chapter this Blue Monday

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Today is supposedly the most depressing day of the year, but a local library is hoping to lift spirits.

Chandler’s Ford Library in Eastleigh is offering advice this Blue Monday to help people struggling with depression and mental health issues.

The library is offering customers to try their mind boosting reads and self-help books, pick up a hobby, partake in mindfulness courses and take up volunteering.

Blue Monday was originally created as a marketing gimmick for a travel agency, but some organisations are now using it to raise awareness for mental health.

According to figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO), there are 350 million people worldwide living with depression, and suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15-29 year olds.

A spokesperson for Hampshire County Council said: “Hampshire Library Service has a wide range of resources and activities to help those tackle depression in positive ways, not just on Blue Monday but all year round.”

“Reading is generally a great way to feel uplifted and relaxed, and…we regularly offer fun and interesting activities including music workshops, painting, and language courses, in addition to meditation, yoga, Tai Chai and exercise classes which can all help reduce feelings of anxiety, or stress.”

Anyone who is interested in these activities can visit the Hampshire Libraries homepage for more information.