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Men's Mental Health

 In 2018, there were 6,507 suicides registered in the UK, an age-standardised rate of 11.2 deaths per 100,000 population; the latest rate is significantly higher than that in 2017 and represents the first increase since 2013. Globally someone dies by suicide every 40 seconds.

NOW OPEN! THE LIONS BARBERS

The Lions Barbers is a brand new concept with the first location NOW OPEN at 29 Carnaby Street, London.

The non-profit barbershop will be a place for haircuts and headspace with all the barbers being trained in the multi award winning and endorsed mental health support training, BarberTalk. By choosing a Lions Barbers you will be directly supporting the work of the charity, by paying for your haircut you are helping to save lives. LBC founder, Tom Chapman wanted to create value in return for donations to make the charity sustainable since its inception in 2015 and this is a step towards ensuring the longevity of the life-saving organisation. After the barbers are paid and all the bills are covered all profits left will be donated to raising awareness for suicide prevention and training more hair professionals in mental health support.

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Our TEDx Talk

After losing a friend to suicide, Tom Chapman decided to do something about the biggest killer of young men in the UK.

In a personal, moving talk he tells us about the international movement he founded building on the unique relationship between barbers and their clients to prevent suicide and save lives.

Tom Chapman is a Torquay-based barber who has made it his mission to propel the stigma of mental ill health among men into the mainstream. In 2015 founded the Lions Barber Collective, an international group of barbers who have undergone training in how to recognise symptoms of mental ill health in clients and signpost them to relevant support services. The group helps to raise awareness of mental illness and aims to prevent suicide by creating training that enables barbers to recognise, talk and listen out for symptoms of depression.

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Need Help? There's always someone to talk to

We understand that sometimes we need someone to talk to right now! Our good friends at Hub of Hope can help with this. Just click the link and it will take you to their great website which will tell you about the resources available to you in your area.

Or if you’re looking for support for health, debt, work or any other aspect of your life, you can find help fast at not-for-profit site mypickle.org

It's Time For Change

As barbers we are in a unique position to help our clients, through the trust and bond we build with them. An incredibly strong relationship where clients become friends and can share aspect of their lives with us, then walk out the shop and leave it behind knowing it goes no further because of client confidentiality and the fact we are often not in their social circle.

Tom with The Chris Evans Breakfast Show

Take a look at our latest chat about Mental Health

Our Founder Tom Chapman went on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show to talk about his experiences with the charity and actioning recovery from Mental Health problems.

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Donate to help us Save Men's Lives*

There are other ways you can support us too, visit our support us page for more info.

* Fundraising, payments and donations will be processed and administered by the National Funding Scheme (Charity No: 1149800), operating as DONATE. Texts will be charged at your standard network rate. For Terms & Conditions, see www.easydonate.org

To donate £1, text THELIONS to 70201
To donate £3, text THELIONS to 70331
To donate £5, text THELIONS to 70970
To donate £30, text THELIONS to 70191

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Testimonials

From the age of 6 to 16 I was bullied mercilessly after losing my older sister Emma who I have tattooed on my forearm. When I was in secondary school I was bullied for my sister's passing and not being able to fit in with anyone so I was a loner for the 5 years I was there but never told anyone not even my parents. I met Tom one night on a drunken night in Plymouth and since then hes always been there.

In 2011 I was a victim of domestic abuse which I never told anyone until Tom gave me the strength to open up about things. I tried to commit suicide numerous times thinking I was a burden to those around me and felt unwanted, the most recent being 2 weeks ago.

I have now built up my strength and am making my way forward to helping others like Tom and the rest of the Lions Collective.

Ben Higgins

Lion

I’ve known Tom on and off for years, and while having a beard trim he told me about the Lions, for some reason I opened up there and then. It didn’t feel clinical, just 2 people talking. My PTSD is horrible sometimes with visions and nightmares, but Tom went from being my barber, to being my friend. I wanted to help and gave up my time to talk to people and spread the word, I was truly humbled when I was asked to be a trustee, to be part of the Lions has been life changing for me. But the fundamental thing that stays, is that when I’m having a hard time, he’s a phone call away. The support of the Lions has saved my life.

Graham Miles

Lion

I’ve known Tom on and off for years, and while having a beard trim he told me about the Lions, for some reason I opened up there and then. It didn’t feel clinical, just 2 people talking. My PTSD is horrible sometimes with visions and nightmares, but Tom went from being my barber, to being my friend. I wanted to help and gave up my time to talk to people and spread the word, I was truly humbled when I was asked to be a trustee, to be part of the Lions has been life changing for me. But the fundamental thing that stays, is that when I’m having a hard time, he’s a phone call away. The support of the Lions has saved my life.

Brandon

Lion

Support The Lions

There are a number of ways you can support the Lions, by becoming a Lion’s barber yourself, coming to our support rotaries, donating or fundraising with us. Click the link below to find out more about what we do and how you can get involved. Here is some statistics of how we are working to end the stigma around men’s mental health.

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Social Media

Well this is exciting and makes our @LionsbarberNFT project seem real!

Our collection will be dropping on 30/12/21
What a way to sign off the year!
HUGE thank you to Generative NFTs for making the project come to life!

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Charity no. 1176363

Website: http://www.thelionsbarbercollective.com
Email: info@thelionsbarbercollective.com

Lions HQ, 11 Vaughan’s Parade
Torquay Harbouside, Devon, Tq2 5EG
 
Aims & activities: To raise awareness for mental well being and suicide prevention. Encouraging barbers to create a safe place for men to open up and offload and being able to signpost to already existing charities and organisations

What the charity does: Education/training, the advancement of health or saving of lives

How the charity works: Provides services, Provides advocacy/advice/information