We're rightly encouraged to talk about our feelings when we're experiencing difficulty. It can often be the first step to dealing with whatever the problem is and preventing it from escalating. However, for talking to be effective we need someone to listen. So why don't we make this year's Blue Monday a day of listening?
This year the Tories are preparing a new, massive attack on students, which promise to be as regressive and damaging to the future of millions of people as the trebling of tuition fees has been - plotting to sell all our student loans to private debt collectors, who are hungry to make a profit out of saddling us with more debt than we signed up to. Students are, however, building a movement to stop the government in its tracks.
I am shocked by the recent decision by Birmingham Metropolitan College to put in place a policy that would ban students, staff and visitors who wear the veil. The college has said this is to ensure a "safe and welcoming" environment - but for who? Although maybe I shouldn't be so shocked. This is not the first time Birmingham Met has found itself in hot water obsessing over what it's staff and students wear.
From this year, there is an expectation that young people will continue in education or training up to the age of 17. This goes up to 18 in 2015. There is so much mis-information about the rise of the education participation age, some of it unfortunately making its way in to some of the media coverage, that I feel I need to do something about.
Teenagers are often ahead of the curve on the burning issues of classification. Their strong views on discriminatory language in films and their concern about anti-social behaviour in films and TV, for example, foreshadowed our recent Guidelines research and independent study into the use of racist and homophobic language and other discriminatory terms relating to disability.