FQ – Mental Health and Barbershops

Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. So it’s time to start talking about mental health.

Men’s mental health charity The Lion’s Barber Collective and male grooming brand The Bluebeard’s Revenge conducted a survey on the issue. They found over half of British men feel more comfortable discussing mental health issues with their barbers than their doctors.

It suggested this is because the trusted relationship between doctors and male patients is significantly less valuable than it was.

Hairdresser and founder of the Lion’s Barber Collective Tom Chapman says that talking about mental health is commonly joked about in the industry. “You’re not only a hairdresser, you’re a counsellor and a psychotherapist. You listen to everyone’s problems and stories all day long.”

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