11 November 2019
Barbers aim to ‘cut’ male suicide
Barbers across North Somerset are being encouraged to get
involved in a campaign to address male suicide and promote good
As part of the annual Movember campaign to raise awareness of
men's physical and mental health, an evening of men's mental health
education is taking place in Weston-super-Mare on Tuesday
Organised by Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP)
NHS Trust and Warriors of Wellbeing, the event is being supported
by the Lions Barber Collective, an internationally renowned group
of barbers who have come together to educate other barbers about
how they can talk to their clients about their feelings with the
aim of preventing suicide.
Dr Tiff Earle, Consultant Psychiatrist at AWP, said: 'Suicide is
the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. We
believe that barbers are in a really good position to start a
conversation with their clients, so we want to provide them with
the tools and skills to be able to encourage men who are having
their hair cut to open up and talk about their feelings."
The Lions Barber Collective will be at Weston-super-Mare Museum
where they will be demonstrating how barbers can begin to start
their conversation and what they can do to help someone who may be
Tom Chapman founded the Lions Barber Collective in the South
West and recognises the symptoms of mental ill health.
He said: "As barbers we are in a unique position to help
our clients, through the trust and bond we build with them. They
share aspects of their lives with us, then walk out leaving it
behind knowing it goes no further."
The free event, which takes place between 7pm and 9pm, will
include a presentation from award winning poet Scott Cowley, who
has written about his experiences of mental health difficulties and
a short film from San Francisco Police Officer Kevin Briggs
highlighting his life saving techniques while working on the Golden
Pearson Dolby, a mental health nursing student at the University
of the West of England (UWE), will also provide a personal insight
into dealing with his first-hand experience of loss in the student
community and what he thinks young people, parents and lecturers
need to know.
The 'Barbers Talk to Save Men's Lives' is taking place on
Tuesday 12th November, 7pm-9pm, Weston-super-Mare
Museum, Burlington Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1PR. Admission
is free, with money raised on the night being donated to AWP's
official charity Headlight, which funds projects and equipment to
enhance care and support recovery for AWP patients.