That’s a simple one, I’m a barber! Having previously worked with charities aiming to encourage men to speak to me in the barber shop through local and national press, it became expected for me to include barbering in everything I do. It’s something I expected of myself.
When I was brainstorming the project, and writing out how I wanted to provide help to those left behind by suicide, I got a phone call from Middlesex University, asking if I could arrange a mental health barber shop “pop up”. When I began to organise the event, I had a lightbulb moment… what if I could use the project to help men speak in their place of work or education? What if universities and businesses could show that they care, by paying for men to get a haircut with a barber trained in mental health?
What if I could use such events to fund the project, and to ultimately provide support to those bereaved by parental suicide?
As if by magic, social media went mad and people loved the idea. I couldn’t believe that an idea could grow in to a reality so quickly and I am extremely thankful to everyone that helped it happen.
As The Hermes Project grows, these type of events will be critical to the success and to the provision of support to children that really need it.
Maybe you work for a university, or you run a business… isn’t it about time that we show we are proactive, rather than reactive, about mental health? Why not book a mental health barber shop pop up to come and visit you?