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Romford station shows support for Samaritans’ Brew Monday campaign to tackle ‘most difficult day of the year’

PUBLISHED: 16:30 15 January 2018

Samaritans volunteers June and Margaret with Network Rail Romford head of performance Helen Warnock. Picture: Havering Samaritans

Samaritans volunteers June and Margaret with Network Rail Romford head of performance Helen Warnock. Picture: Havering Samaritans

Havering Samaritans

Rail staff have shown their support for Havering Samaritans’ bid to turn “Blue Monday” into “Brew Monday”, by encouraging people to get together for a cup of tea and a chat.

January 15 has been dubbed as the “most difficult day of the year”, due to dark days, cold weather and broken New Year resolutions, so those at Romford station have been offering commuters free tea bags and listening tips.

“Brew Monday” has the support of Network Rail, British Transport Police and the wider rail industry, thanks to a life-saving partnership with Samaritans that aims to reduce suicide on the railways.

Ian Stevens from Network Rail, who leads the Suicide Prevention programme, said: “Brew Monday is a great opportunity to use our partnership with Samaritans to reach out to people who may be struggling at this time of year and encourage them to open up and have a chat.”

To find out more visit samaritans.org/brewmonday

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