Mind, the mental health charity, has released new research showing over two thirds (69 per cetn of full time workers from Yorkshire experience “Sunday Blues”, anxiety triggered by thoughts of work the following day.
New statistics come as Mind prepares for the UK’s newest, and happiest, national fundraising day Happy Monday on March 10.
The poll, of more than 700 full time workers in the UK, found that 50 per cent of those from Yorkshire hate their job.
A quarter sited they hate Mondays because they are still hungover from the weekend – more than any other region – while more than a sixth (22 per cent) reported it was because they don’t like their job.
One in ten admit to making an excuse not to go into work on the first day of the week, once or more in the last year, while the same number has skived on a Monday between one and two times in the last 12 months.
Excuses include feigning illness (37 per cent), claiming a home-emergency such as a burst pipe (25 per cent), or pretending to take a pet to the vets (12 per cent).
Specifically to combat worry that builds up as the weekend comes to a close, 30 per cent of people who live in Yorkshire sited drinking alcohol at home on a Sunday night or 19 per cent go out drinking with friends
One sixth give themselves a pep talk on a Sunday night and a third (33 per cent) go to bed early to prepare themselves for the day ahead.
Mind’s poll, carried out by Populus, also revealed that in Yorkshire:
- 45 per cent of full time employees find Monday the most stressful day of the week
- A third have or have considered pulling a sickie in the last year
- One in ten don’t like their boss
- Of those who make it to work on a Monday one in five spend time on Facebook to make themselves feel happy
- One in five buy a little treat on a Monday like chocolate or a nail varnish to perk themselves up
Mind’s first Happy Monday takes place on March 10.
The event encourages people to have fun on the week’s least popular day – by hosting their own fundraising events and spending quality time with family, friends and colleagues.
Money raised will help Mind to continue to provide vital services so people experiencing a mental health problem have somewhere to turn for advice and support.
Star baker and winner of The Great British Bake Off 2012, John Whaite, will be taking over the Mind Twitter account for a special Q&A on Monday 17 February from 4:30pm.
As well as answering questions about all things baking John will also answer questions about his own depression – and explains why spending time in the kitchen helps him.
“You don’t have to be an events expert to hold a fundraiser.
“You can do anything – a collection at work or a dress down day. Of course I’m going to say that you can hold a bake sale! Whatever you do, have fun with it, get your friends, family and colleagues involved and raise lots of money for Mind!”
Stephen Fry, president of Mind, has shared his favourite Honey Bun recipe to inspire those holding a cake sale.
“I’m hoping the kind people of Britain will roll up their sleeves on March 10, for Mind’s inaugural Happy Monday.
“It’s a delightful excuse to spend time with friends and loved ones, or to tempt colleagues away from their desks, to raise vital funds for the 1 in 4 people who experience a mental health problem every year.
“I’ve been inspired to dust off my favourite Honey Buns recipe for Happy Monday and have every faith in the creativity of Mind supporters, to come up with their very own ways to brighten their Monday and raise money for this incredibly good cause.”
People can visit www.mind.org.uk/happymonday to register for a free fundraising pack and inspirational tips.
People can do absolutely anything: from pamper nights and coffee mornings to cake sales and dress-up days at work.
Money raised for Mind will help the charity to be there so that no one has to face a mental health problem alone.