In a bid to power through the cold winter months, Nexus has joined Samaritans to encourage rail users, including key workers and rail staff, to share a cuppa and a catch up with someone they care about for Brew Monday.
The third Monday in January is sometimes referred to as ‘the most difficult day of the year’, but Samaritans are highlighting that there’s no such thing as ‘Blue Monday,’ as people can feel a range of emotions any day of the year.
So, to ensure nobody struggles alone, on Brew Monday or any other day, Samaritans and Nexus is reminding everyone to check in on friends, family or colleagues. It doesn’t need to be a Monday or a cup of tea, it’s about connecting and really listening to each other.
Nexus is encouraging teams to enjoy virtual or in-person Brews to check in on their colleagues and spreading the Brew Monday message to travelling customers via their social media and digital screens in stations.
Rachel Redshaw, People and Culture Director at Nexus said: “We’re really proud to be supporting Samaritans’ Brew Monday campaign again this year and spreading this important message to our customers and our teams.
“Samaritans has worked in partnership with Network Rail and the wider rail industry for over 10 years encouraging the public and our employees to recognise the power of human connection and start a conversation which could save a life. So, we’re putting that into practice this Brew Monday and putting the kettle on, either in person or virtually!”
Julie Bentley, Samaritans’ CEO said: “We’re so grateful to the rail industry for their support of Brew Monday again this year. Throughout the various lockdowns and restrictions, the pandemic has shown us that staying connected with others has been a vital part of getting people through difficult times. We know the impact talking and listening can have, and a cup of tea and a chat won’t solve everything, but it can be a start. You don’t have to have all the answers or solutions, you just need to listen and start a conversation which could just be the support that someone needs.”
The Brew Monday support comes as part of the rail industry’s suicide prevention programme and partnership with Network Rail.
Samaritans has worked in partnership with the rail industry and British Transport Police to reduce suicides on the railway for over 10 years, having trained over 24,000 rail and BTP staff to look out for passengers and make conversation if they feel someone might be vulnerable.
All Nexus frontline employees, including train drivers and Customer Service Advisors, undertake the Samaritans ‘Managing Suicidal Contacts’ course, which gives them an increased awareness of mental health issues and how to support customers or other members of the public if needed.
Find out more at samaritans.org/brewmonday or join the conversation on social media using #BrewMonday.