Wentworth and Dearne MP, John Healey, is encouraging people to start a conversation over a brew as part of Samaritans Brew Monday campaign.

The third Monday of January is often referred to as the most difficult day of the year- when New Year’s resolutions fail and bad weather and debt problems cause people to feel down.

But Samaritans is turning that myth on its head and encouraging everyone to reach out and talk to people about any issues they might be facing.

John Healey said: “It’s important to connect with friends, family and work colleagues and there’s no better time to do it than over a cuppa.

“We all have days when we feel up or down but that isn’t something that should be decided by what day of the year it is.

“If you feel like someone you know is struggling – then putting the kettle on and having a conversation with them could be the most important thing you do today.”

Any day can be a Brew Monday. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Monday morning or Saturday night, or if you’re drinking green tea, black coffee or orange juice.

If you’re sharing a cuppa and listening, you’re doing it right.

You can find out more information about Brew Monday at www.samaritans.org/support-us/campaign/brew-monday/