How to take part in BLOOMING MONDAY 2017  

  • Identify a group that will take part - ideally in your workplace or school but it could be a group of friends.
  • Try to start organising your event a few weeks beforehand to allow people time to organise themselves.
  • Build some support by showing the group the flyer and/or putting up the posters - see below.
  • Once you have some support, get the idea approved if this is necessary then try to get all your supporters to spread the word to involve others.
  • Encourage discussion about what to wear.
  • If you wish to raise any money for Mental Health Research UK, have a bucket for contributions on the day - there is a label you can use in the Toolkit below.
  • Have a fun day and talk about mental health and well-being. See facts about mental illness
  • Maybe organise your own competition for your Brightest Bloomer.
  • On the day, organise group and individual photos and post them on the BLOOMING MONDAY facebook page. By doing this you will spread the word to all your friends and enter everyone for the ‘Global Brightest Bloomer’ competition.
  • Ideally send any money collected by cheque (click here for more on this) or txt BLOO22 and the amount to 70070
  • Whilst it is ideal if you do Blooming Monday on Blue Monday, 16th January, if this date doesn't work for you just pick another date near then.
Thank you and have a blooming good day.
It’s very easy to take part. If you are interested please Download the posters, flyer and toolkit:

Please join us for our depression awareness campaign, 
Wear your brightest clothes to start conversations about mental health and raise awareness of depression and seasonal affective disorder.
Thank you to everyone who supported Blooming Monday

Blooming Monday 2015

Mental Health Research UK thanks everyone who joined in with its annual awareness campaign on 19th January 2015 by wearing bright clothes. We hope the splash of colour got people talking about mental health issues. Thanks also to those who donated to the campaign. The funds will go towards depression research. We hope you will brighten up again in 2016!

Mental Health Research UK is run by Trustees who provide their time entirely voluntarily because they feel strongly about the need to make a long-term difference. We have no funds for campaigns and no paid PR assistance. We always welcome volunteers; please email us at if you would like to help with the campaign. Thank you.

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We also have some Blooming Monday merchandise you can buy, whilst donating a percentage to MHRUK at the same time.

Everyone smiled at work today.

The Edinburgh University vet school all looked amazing, so it was a tough decision...

but the lady 2nd from the left wins a t-shirt too! Thanks to everyone who joined in Blooming Monday this year. We hope you'll join us next year to raise awareness of depression and seasonal affective disorder.

Blooming Monday Article 2015.doc  

See the Article in the Daily Post 

Two lucky participants won coveted Blooming Monday t-shirts for their spectacular clothing efforts in 2014! Please tweet photos of your outfits to @mhrukcharity for the chance to win a t-shirt in 2015. Well done to Kerry Rugby (who deserved it just for the nerve to wear this fluorescent orange onesie!) and Philip Booth. Here's what Philip said about the awareness day:

It was great to see the whole team at my work embrace Blooming Monday. The bright clothes helped cheer that third Monday in January - allegedly the most depressing day of the year. Of course bright clothes won't prevent depression or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), but there is lots of research linking mood and colour. Some mistakenly think drab colours equals professionalism. It's surely time for a culture change - bring on the bright cheery colours! As someone who has in the past been affected by SAD, I can really recognise the benefits of colour - and of course sunlight. Thanks to MHRUK for a great idea and helping us raise awareness and lift that January drabness with a kaleidoscope of colour.



Blooming Monday 2014

The Second Step team took to the airwaves on BBC Radio Bristol on Monday morning 21st January 2014 to talk about combating depression and suicide – dressed in their brightest and best.