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Lions Barber Collective Launches Male Suicide Prevention Drive

Wednesday, 02 October 2019 14:25



Lions Barber Collective and City of London Corporation are teaming up to host an event on Monday October 7 to celebrate the emerging role of barbers in mental health and suicide prevention.

Taking place at The Barber-Surgeons’ Hall, the event will aim to connect national leaders from the City of London, business, health, care, politics, charities and the military with the work of the Lions Barber Collective. It’s been organised ahead of World Mental Health Day on Thursday October 10, whose theme is suicide prevention and the organisers are this year running a campaign called '40 Seconds' due to the fact that someone dies from suicide every 40 seconds.

The Lions Barber Collective works hard to educate barbers in how to spot the symptoms of mental health and depression, whilst encouraging men to talk to their barbers (and each other) about their issues. Set up by inspirational British barber Tom Chapman after losing a friend to suicide in 2015, the Lions Barber Collective is turning barbershops into safe spaces for men using the opportunity of a regular haircut to start conversations about mental health. The group is having an enormous impact with men whom traditional mental health services can struggle to reach.

"With the kind permission of the Worshipful Company of Barbers, we have been given the amazing opportunity to hold this historic event at the Barber-Surgeons’ Hall,” explains Tom. “We will bring together members of parliament, the City of London, the NHS and the hair industry to promote mental wellbeing and the important role that the hair profession plays in saving lives. We are on the front line and to top it all off we will be cutting hair on the 700 + year old site for the first time in centuries, bringing the journey of barber surgeons back to the days when men would go to the barber for their medical care as well as a shave and haircut."

 

For more information about the Lions Barber Collective  CLICK HERE 

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