Barbers in east London are a snip at detecting customers’ symptoms of depression
- Credit: City Corporation
Barbers have a new role in east London in mental health and helping to prevent suicides.
Their Lions Barber Collective charity held a haircutting event with politicians, health and care professionals and the business world showing how to spot the symptoms of depression.
"I hope this leads to a legacy of mental wellbeing in future," barbers' collective founder Tom Chapman said. "I was about to do the first haircut when I realised the importance of what we had achieved."
His barbers' collective was set up after he lost a friend to suicide in 2015. His work as a barber showed how to encourage men to talk openly about issues.
Tom now organises a professional training programme teaching barbers to recognise symptoms of depression and steer customers towards services like the Samaritans.
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The haircutting event came out of World Mental Health Day earlier this month with a demonstration at the Barber-Surgeons' Hall in the City aimed at suicide awareness.
More details: The Lions Barbers' Collective
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