MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS…
In England, around one in eight men has a common mental health problem. These include depression, anxiety, panic disorder or obsessive compulsive disorder. As a result of these mental health problems, three times as many men as women die by suicide. We are setting out to tackle this and raise awareness for mens mental health. We have pleased to announce our newly formed partnership up with mens mental health campaign – 12th Man.
Campaigns like ‘12th Man’ are key in helping breaking down the stigma surrounding men’s mental health and better educating the nation. ‘12th Man’ are focussed on providing training to businesses and interest groups. The aim is to help these communities to learn the skills and confidence they need to support each other. Something that right now, is needed more than ever.
The ‘Mental Health First Aid’ training that they provide helps individuals better understand both their own mental health and those of their friends, colleagues and clients. It provides a comprehensive tool base to better help individuals and also how and when to get external support. They aim to role this training out across as many sectors as they can over coming years in an attempt to educate and remove the stigma that is often associated with mental health issues.
Here at MR. Barbers we are excited to be able to put our team through this invaluable training opportunity. We currently service over 400k clients a year across our shops and many of these customers are more inclined to open up to their barber than they are their own families. We hope that by providing this training; and giving our barbers the expertise and knowledge, we will be able to help thousands of men better deal with their own internal turmoil and in turn help break down some of the stigmas often associated with mental health issues.
Our goal is for men to feel that their barbershop is a safe environment in which they can be listened too. Our aim is to help barbers feel confident and prepared to be able to help any customer that sits in their chair. Men can be terrible at sharing their emotions, hiding stresses away until they reach overload. Why not reach out to your friends today, just to check in on them and make sure they are doing ok?
- Lydia Richmond
I can’t recommend the course enough. It’s full of invaluable tools and information to help you to help both yourself and those around you if you/they are struggling.
- Lily Wright
I found the course helpful and informative. I will be reminding others around me that not everyone is having a great day, so be gentle and have compassion as to why customers or colleagues are acting that way.
- Mick Phipps
I found the mental health first aid course to be a really useful starting point to further my understanding of what is “mental health”. I learned that being a better listener has to be a priority skill that I want to consciously work harder on. It’s an active skill that requires connecting to who is talking rather that trying to fix or find a solution.
- Julie Hodgkins
The course has taught me to be more aware of my colleagues and customers and more open to lending an ear to someone in need.