Ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, we wanted to highlight the work of the Lions Barber Collective, a men’s mental health awareness and suicide prevention charity.
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 (pictured below) 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 who traditional mental health services can struggle to reach.
Tom organises a professionally run training programme called BarberTalk, which is teaching barbers to ‘recognise, talk, listen and advise’ clients and works with the Samaritans charity – signposting the services they offer to clients in need. Lions Barber Collective are helping to end the stigma of discussing mental health issues in men. Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK and, in 2014, 74% of all suicide victims in the UK were male.
There are a number of other trained Lions barbers all across the UK, the full list can be read below. we hope this is useful to our readers and if you need help you can also contact us.
LONDON & THE SOUTH EAST
Dan Davies – based in Pall Mall, in central London
Russell Brittle – based in Kings Cross in central London
Leah Hayden – based in Hackney in central east London
Kycut Wilson – based in Cody Road in east Lomdon
Ken Hermes – based in Newmarket in Cambridgeshire
Wes Jones – based in Leigh on Sea in Essex
MK – Based in Cheshunt in Hertfordshire
Sam Wall – based in Newcastle
Stacey Ayles – based in Weymouth in Dorset
Mark Loftin – based in Exmouth in Devon
Simon Bones – based in Lyme Regis in Dorset
Connor Evans – based in Coventry
Darren Birch – based in Warwick
Lesley Macbain – based in Liverpool in Lancashire
Carlie Firth – based in Lytham in Lancashire
Tommie Mcguckin – based in Dundee
Jac Ludlow – based in Cardiff
Mathew Guerin – based in Ammanford in Carmarthenshire
Gregg McNeil – based in Derry
Dan Wild – based in Belfast