Rail company working with Samaritans to turn Blue Monday into Brew Monday

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) are highlighting the importance of taking time to talk this Blue Monday.

Alongside The Samaritans, GTR – which operates Southern train services – are replacing Blue Monday with ‘Brew Monday’ to encourage people to get together over a virtual cup of tea and have a chat.

This comes after a number of GTR staff were recognised with Samaritans-sponsored Lifesaver Awards after helping vulnerable people to safety.

Railway staff can often find themselves on the frontline of helping those most in need. They make life-saving interventions through conversations or physically intervening when someone tries to take their own life.

GTR Suicide Prevention Manager Laura Campbell said: “The third Monday of January can be difficult. Christmas and New Year’s celebrations are long gone, credit card bills are landing on the doormat, days are short and cold and – worst of all – we’ve a Covid pandemic and national lockdown.

As well as promoting this great Samaritans initiative to passengers across our network, we’ll be encouraging our own staff, who are out on the front line, to share a socially-distanced or virtual cup of tea with British Transport Police and Network Rail colleagues, while keeping the service running for other key workers.”