Brighten up on Blue Monday


If you want to avoid feeling too down in the dumps on Blue Monday (Monday 21st January), wear bright clothes, Mental Health Research UK advises.

January as a whole can be a month when many of us feel pretty miserable, yet researchers claim that the third Monday of January is the most depressing day of the year. This is due to bad weather, reduced daylight, debt, the need for Christmas detox and poor motivation.

MHRUK hopes to brighten up Britain with its campaign, Blooming Monday. The charity aims to raise awareness of depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and hopes to encourage people participating in brightening up their attire for the day to donate £2 to MHRUK to fund research into treatments.

If you’re wearing bright colours on Monday and want to make a voluntary difference, you can donate £2 to MHRUK by texting BLOO22 to 70070.

Image courtesy of Free Digital Photos


Get ovarian cancer savvy


Ovarian cancer
kills a woman every two hours in the UK. Almost 7,000 women are diagnosed with the disease every year. Most shockingly, UK women are MORE likely than other European women to be diagnosed only when the cancer has spread. The reason? A lack of awareness of the symptoms, which makes the advanced disease harder to treat.

Recognise the symptoms…

* Persistent stomach pain

* Persistent bloating or increased stomach size

* Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly

* Needing to wee more frequently

If you experience any of these symptoms, they may not signal ovarian cancer, but it is vitally important you see your GP at the earliest opportunity to rule it out.

 On Sunday 1st July, Ovarian Cancer Action wants people all over the nation to flash their teal knickers to raise awareness of the disease and raise funds for the charity – by taking part in Walkathong. Go for a sponsored Walkathong walk or show your support by making a donation (£10 or more), contacting the charity for a pair of snazzy teal Walkathong knickers and simply slipping them over your clothes. All you need to do is wear your pretty panties for two hours or more and you’ll help to raise awareness and get people talking. Finally, make sure you take a picture and email to the Walkathong team.

Breast Cancer Care 5-Mile Challenge – Newcastle – can you help?

Breast Cancer Care is looking for media volunteers taking part in the Newcastle event to share their stories and become case studies for the local and national press. If you can help please contact Sheryl Plant at Breast Cancer Care – Sheryl would also like to hear from anyone who has had an experience with breast cancer or have found one of the Breast Cancer Care services helpful. 

The 5-Mile Challenge event takes place at Newcastle Exhibition Park on Sunday 20th March and participants are encouraged to walk, run or jog five miles to raise vital funds for the health charity.

The route starts and finishes in Exhibition Park and the charity are aiming to raise £100,000 to help support the 46,000 people in the UK who are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. 

The challenge is open to all ages and abilities and the route is pram, buggy and wheelchair-friendly – great fun for family, friends and neighbours too.

If you are still to sign up – visit and quote Newcastle6 when you register to be entered into a free prize draw.

Making even a small donation can make a big difference to someone who has received the devastating news that they have breast cancer.

* £2 pays for a headscarf set, helping to boost the confidence of someone who has lost their hair as a result of cancer treatment

* £10 pays to provide a comprehensive easy-to-understand information pack for someone newly diagnosed with breast cancer.

* £23 pays for a call to the BCC helpline for information on any aspect of diagnosis and treatment as well as confidential and sensitive support. Conversations can often last more than an hour as the caller is given as much time as they need to talk.

 For more information on Breast Cancer Care please visit