DCBMC are proud to support The Lions Barber Collective, an international collection of top barbers who have come together to help to raise awareness of suicide and depression in young men and women.
Formed by Devon barber Tom Chapman after one of his friends committed suicide, the Collective aims to be a helpful point of call for young men and women to talk about depression and subjects that they may find difficult to breach elsewhere. Tom hopes that the friendly and comforting environment of barber shops will allow the Collective to help.
“People tend to tell you their problems and you get to know about their families and their lives” said Tom. “We can work on the trust we already have and let the person know it is ok to talk to us. We can then advise them to go onto the next level [of care].”
“We’re developing BarberTalk, which is bespoke training for barbers on how to recognise, talk, listen, and advise their clients. We’re not trying to make people into councillors; we’re just trying to help people recognise the problem and getting people to open up. A barber shop is a place of trust.”
Collective members donate their time to attend barbering shows and related events, demonstrating their skills and raising awareness about the mission of BarberTalk. They also support the charities PAPYRUS (Prevention of Young Suicide) and Pieta House: Suicide and Self Harm Crisis Centre.
The Lions Barber Collective will be represented at DCBMC 2016 by Graham Miles of South West Beard Club. Do go and see him for more information about this fantastic organisation, and buy merchandise to help them with funding for BarberTalk training and supporting their charities.