UK Barbershop is encouraging men to open up about their mental health
September 10, 2018
By: Jenna Rachid and Alex Youngs
Barber Tom Chapman has turned his barbershop into a safe space where men can talk about their mental health.
According to GQ, The Lions Barber Collective is group of barbers who have joined together to combat male suicide.
Since the start of the initiative Chapman has seen an increase ‘in men opening up and offloading while sat in the chair.’
Suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45, according to men’s mental health charity CALM and in 2015, 75% of all UK suicides were male.
Chapman said: ‘I think giving them the green light to talk is what is most important. It is something that we can all do with little or no training, just let people know that you’re willing to listen with empathy and without judgement.’
Chapman feels there is still more to be done to prevent male suicide, stating: ‘I actually lost a close friend recently who I have worked with as a model for hair shoots and even with this opportunity to open up we still lost him. So hopefully we can work together to save one more life, then the next and so on. Together we are stronger.’
Deborah Breen designs underwear targeted at the LGBT community to inspire others struggling with their mental health.
Deborah Breen told The Courier.co.uk: ‘I suffer from mental health, which one in four people in Britain do.’
‘In the LGBT community there’s a higher rate of mental health issues, which I think is absolutely terrible.’
She added, ‘I wanted to design something for the LGBT community to be proud of and give them something that’s especially for them.’
Breen, who described herself as pansexual, faced homelessness and suffers with depression. She is now urging others to seek help, as she did.
Breen said: ‘By launching my business I want to get the message out that if I can do it, anyone can do it.’
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