MP ditches the greys for charity

January 21, 2014 6:31 PM
Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake donned his colourful accessories to beat the winter blues and help raise awareness of depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
Tom rocked a flowery tie today to show his support for a 'Blooming Monday', a campaign by Mental Health Research UK (MHRUK) designed help to break down the stigma attached to mental illness as well as raise money for research.
Although the campaign took place on Monday, to show his full support, Tom decided to extend the campaign to include what he dubbed a 'Terrible (Tie) Tuesday'.
Yesterday workers across the country were encouraged to wear bright colours to help combat what researchers believe to be the most depressing day of the year - 'blue Monday' - a day when a combination of bad weather, debt and poor motivation causes the nation to sink into a collective all-year-low.
Tom said: "I would like to dedicate this year's 'Blooming Monday' to Talk Easy Trust- a fantastic local charity that campaigns on mental health issues and a Croydon's Champions Team of the year 2013. I am sure 2014 will be even more successful."
"We still have a long way to go to break the discrimination and stigma around mental health. Blooming Monday is a great initiative which helps make a real difference to those affected by mental health problems by supporting research into depression.
Not to mention that it is a great excuse to ditch the dull colours and brighten up, or wear silly accessories, if only for one day a year!"
Unlike many charities, MHRUK pledges to give at least 95% of all donations made to research. To donate, please text MHRU11 to 70070 or visit http://www.mhruk.org/make-a-donation/. om Brake has rocked a flowery tie to help raise awareness of depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

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