One city councillor is hoping your ‘Blue Monday’ is a little brighter.
The third Monday in January is supposedly the most depressing day of the year.
Councillor Scott Gillingham spearheaded an initiative to get light therapy lamps installed at two libraries.
“The way the lights are set up, up to five people or so can sit around the light and have the positive effects from the light,” Gillingham says. “We’ll start with two lights. We’ll start at St. James Library and the Millennium Library.”
The lights help combat Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD. Gillingham says he got the idea from a pilot project in Edmonton.
“We’re encouraging people to head down, grab a book or a magazine and take 15-20 minutes to sit in the proximity of the light and enjoy its benefits.”
The concept of Blue Monday was first publicized as part of a 2005 press release by a former British TV travel channel.