Celebrating City barbers’ efforts to tackle suicide locally
Celebrating City barbers trained to help save lives
This autumn, the City of London Corporation’s Public Health team is working with the Lions Barber Collective to deliver a mental health and suicide prevention training programme – BarberTalk – to the Square Mile’s barbers and hairdressers. It’s hoped this training will help save lives.
Young- and middle-aged men are the group at the highest risk of suicide in the UK and the idea is not to make barbers into counsellors or psychiatrists, but to provide City workers with a safe and non-judgmental space to share, open up or offload when getting their hair cut. This will also help barbers to support others within their own professional community, including other colleagues.
To recognise barbers’ achievements, a celebration event is being held in the historic Barber-Surgeons’ Hall on Monday 7 October, between 10.00am and 4.45pm, hosted by the Lions Barber Collective, City of London Corporation and the Worshipful Company of Barbers. The event will consist of three separate sessions through the day and will offer representatives from the local business community opportunities to network with barbers and other stakeholders.
There are a limited number of places available to representatives of City-based firms. To find out more and to register your interest in attending, please visit the Eventbrite page here. The password is barbertalk7oct