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11 pictures that will cheer you up on Blue Monday

| blog, Depression, Health, L&B World, UK | January 18, 2016

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Only a few hours left (Picture: Getty Images / METRO/MylesGoode)

Believe the hype: today is officially the most depressing day of the year…

Well, not really – but there’s no denying January can be particularly miserable.

Whether it’s getting dumped (welcome to break-up season), giving up the diet, the dark and freezing weather, having no money… Sorry, we didn’t mean to make you feel even worse.

Anyway, we’ve rounded up some emergency pictures to cheer everyone up, along with some helpful life advice.

1. Get involved

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Find something or someone you love, and don’t be afraid to show it. Others might not always understand – but you… Read the full story

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Here’s why Blue Monday is actually a pretty bad idea

| blog, Blue Monday, Depression, Health, L&B World, Mental health, UK | January 18, 2016

'Blue Monday' can be any day of the year (Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler for Metro.co.uk)
‘Blue Monday’ can be any day of the year (Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler for Metro.co.uk)

We’ve all heard that today is supposed to be the ‘most depressing day of the year’.

It’s been pumped out by PR firms for more than a decade, but is ‘Blue Monday’ actually just trivialising real mental health issues?

Mental health charity Mind have launched a counter campaign – #BlueAnyDay – to dispel the myth that there is one magical day of the year where we feel most depressed.

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Sadistic Christian psychotherapist who breastfed her clients ‘mummy milk’ jailed for four years

| blog, Crime news, Depression, L&B World, News, Sex | December 10, 2015

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A Christian cult leader and psychotherapist forced her clients to suckle her breast for ‘mummy milk’.

Vanessa Clark, 63, has been jailed for four years for the ‘unusual and troubling’ offences which happened between 1996 and 2001.

The assaults were carried out solely on women with mental illness and saw Clark regressing them back to infancy during sessions in her flat.

The sessions, which cost stupefied clients thousands of pounds, featured ‘skin to skin’ contact – a method she claimed had been approved by a priest who had long since died – as well as breastfeeding.

Prosecutor Henry James told Oxford Crown Court about one case in 1996 when one victim was recommended to Clark ‘through a church connection’.

MORE: Woman claims driver ‘sexually harassed’ her with lewd texts after Tesco delivery

He explained: ‘This amounted to an intense and personal series of sessions in which the victim was required to regress back to her childhood.

‘Her hands and legs became fidgety and she was told that… Read the full story

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Paedophile writes controversial letter claiming he isn’t a ‘monster’

| blog, Depression, L&B World, News | September 24, 2015

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In a controversial letter, Todd Nickerson identifies as a ‘non-offending paedophile’ – and says he would give anything to be rid of this ‘curse’

A paedophile has written a controversial letter claiming he is ‘not a monster’ because he doesn’t abuse children or watch child porn.

Todd Nickerson, from Tennessee, uses the letter to argue that paedophilia is a ‘sexual orientation’, claiming there is a difference between paedophiles and child molesters.

He goes on to claim that paedophiles are ‘suffering in silence’ and people should ‘learn to accept’ them as it is a ‘curse of the first order’.

‘To confess a sexual attraction to children is to lay claim to the most reviled status on the planet, one that effectively ends any chance you have… Read the full story

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Being around happy people can help alleviate depression

| blog, Depression, Happiness, Health, L&B World, Mental health, World | August 20, 2015

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It turns out that happiness is contagious. So contagious, in fact, that it can help to alleviate depression.

A study has found that by surrounding yourself with positive and happy people you can become more cheerful yourself.

This isn’t the case with the depression, however.

Depressed people can’t ‘pass on’ their depression to others, but happy people can ‘pass on’ their happiness to others – including those that are depressed.

A team at Manchester University and Warwick University looked at more than 2,000 teenagers in a network of high school students in the United States to see how their moods influenced each other.

MORE: Scientists have developed a new drug which could treat depression in under 24 hours with minimal side effects

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