Ambassadors

Greg

Greg McNeil

Bareknuckle Barbershop

The Lions for me is something that I feel very close to for a number of reasons firstly having suffered from severe anxiety issues in the past and learning to manage these is a huge thing for me, also I have been affected directly by losing friends to suicide, not only guys I have grown up with but also clients that I consider my friends have also taken there own life. I have had a member of staff lose a brother, and a past staff member attempt suicide and was lucky to survive. There is so many reasons why I wanted to become a member of this great initiative. There is such a huge problem in our city with depression, anxiety issues and addiction. I have listened to so many guys in the past tell me things that they simply won’t tell their social circles out of fear, I am now learning to identify signs in body language, shifts in moods, personalities and how to communicate and actually listen, We are in such a amazing position In our job and I have started to build networks with local men’s support groups as well as going through some mental health first aid training to ensure we are delivering the best advice and support possible.  As a human being it’s our duty to care for those around us, if I can help 1 person make a positive change in there life or even get them to start steering in the right direction then its all worth it.

Carlie

Carlie Firth

Ruger Barber

I felt it was time for us as a community to come together and try help after hearing more and more of my clients struggling with own mental health and even more so a few who have committed suicide. I really feel like our shop and myself really do put our clients at ease, and would hope I could help create a safe place for men to open up. I absolutely adore what the Lions Collective represents and know I could help raise awareness in the North West. 

One of my main passions is Male Grooming. The reason I brought it to Ruger was to allow men to de-stress and switch off from everything around them. I really feel this helps their health and well being. If I could learn more on how to acknowledge and support those who are suffering with The Lions Team I’d be a lot happier playing a part of helping others.

 

As barbers, we are in a privileged position as we dip in and out of people’s lives and they share their trust in us not only in our ability to cut their hair but also in the way we relate to them, how well we listen and how we help them to feel at ease. Most men do not share their feelings very easily and mental health issues unfortunately carry the stigma of making you ‘weak’. The barber chair can be one of the few places that men potentially feel at ease and in a safe environment. The Lions Barber Collective has done so much to raise awareness of Suicide in young men and train barbers to recognize potential signs of depression, the more we can spread the word, the great chance we have to save lives. I am very proud to be a part of the team.

Russel Brittle

Russell Brittle

Pall Mall Barbers

The lions barbers is one of the most important charities for our clients . I work in the heart of Kings Cross and the average age group is men under 45. For the clients to know they can talk to me in a non-judgemental way about their mental health is a great feeling for me. In my life time I’ve lost 4/5 friends & acquaintances to suicide, which is too many. I have a loved one who suffers with anxiety . I have been lucky to spend a week with 6 lions on a barber trip that taught me how to behave and deal with anxiety. I am very fortunate to be in a job that allows me to help someone who is feeling depressed or suicidal.  Even just being able to help one person is an amazing feeling. Many of my clients have supported me over the years and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be able to give something back and support them, giving them a safe environment to talk and the knowledge that I’ll be there to listen to them.

MK

MK

MKHSA Hair Studio

The Lions Collective have an important ethos to me, as I have people in my network that suffer with Mental Health issues and it’s something that needs to be addressed in a wider context. I strongly believe through the experience of being a barber for 26 years and having conversations within the environment that would never really happen anywhere else. The Barbershop is the one place where customers get to openly speak their minds, with a trust that is second to none with barbers knowing more than wives, children, parents, partners etc… I believe with this barbers adopted form of a therapist; we all need help in identifying, providing guidance and dealing with such issues for clients as well as barbers! MK

Matthew

Mathew Guerin

Guerins Barbers

Being the Welsh Ambassador for the Lions Barbers Collective is a very important responsibility for me and I am absolutely passionate about making a difference in my area. I am fortunate to be in an industry where I can use my skills and facilities to help raise awareness of mental health and the male suicide epidemic that we are currently facing in the UK.

I have experienced mental health issues first hand with my father and brother both being diagnosed with depression and anxiety and needing medication.  I have also had to deal with mental health on the flip side of the chart with my mother being diagnosed with alzheimers at the young age of 53.  It’s very important to me to make a difference in this area after seeing my family suffer with it and the strain of this has caused me to get anxious and stressed but I have used my experience of helping others to deal with my own battles. 

Since January 3 people that I know in the Ammanford area alone have taken their lives due to their mental health battle and its time to use my position in my community to help these people and raise awareness to this illness.

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Dan Wild

Quarter West

The Lions Barber Collective is a charity that i wish had existed when i was in my late teens. For years i have coped unsuccessfully with my mental health. I always felt i had no one to turn to. There are thousands of men in the UK and Ireland that are familiar with my situation and have spent years trying to find a safe space to talk about their own mental health issues. The Lions Barber Collective trains barbers to spot the signs and encourages open and honest conversation between the client and his barber so we can hopefully help and signpost our clients to the correct places. This could be to talk or even for intervention. There isnt an organisation with as wide a reach as The Lions and we aim to help this fantastic charity help as many people as possible

 

Hayden

Leah Hayden Cassidy

Ruffians Shoreditch

I’ve been a friend of Tom Chapman for a number of years now. As well as admiring him as an incredible barber, what I respect and love so much about Tom is how he is using his craft to help those who are struggling through personal problems. As barbers we are in a unique position to be able to interact with people in a non threatening and non judgemental  environment. In this relaxed space people often feel at ease to discuss issues that they might not be able to express to those closest to them. I’m deeply honoured at being asked to be an ambassador for the Lions Collective. Providing support and training to fellow barbers in recognising suicidal thoughts and dispair within clients is possibly, for me, the most important aspect to the barbering vocation. I fully believe that this powerful initiative will create awareness and empathy within our profession and might even save lives.

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Ky Wilson

Ky' Cut Wilson | The Social

I’ve been a friend of Tom Chapman for a number of years now. As well as admiring him as an incredible barber, what I respect and love so much about Tom is how he is using his craft to help those who are struggling through personal problems. As barbers we are in a unique position to be able to interact with people in a non threatening and non judgemental  environment. In this relaxed space people often feel at ease to discuss issues that they might not be able to express to those closest to them. I’m deeply honoured at being asked to be an ambassador for the Lions Collective. Providing support and training to fellow barbers in recognising suicidal thoughts and dispair within clients is possibly, for me, the most important aspect to the barbering vocation. I fully believe that this powerful initiative will create awareness and empathy within our profession and might even save lives.

Sam Wall

Hidden Heights Creative Studio

The reason I’m so passionate about mental health in the first place stems from a difficult time I went through back in my early to mid 20’s. When I was asked to become a Global Ambassador for The Lions Barber Collective I didn’t have to think twice as its an organisation that is close to my heart.

Stacey Ayles

Loch & Keys Barbers

Helping people is something that should come naturally to us as humans. Lions are pack animals, we need to learn from them and stick together. 

I feel incredibly lucky to be in a position within my career where I can potentially save and change lives. A year ago I decided to open my own barbershop, Loch & Key. The first thing on my list was to become part of the Lions Barber Collective and introduce the Lions Den drop in sessions. 

I can honestly say the monthly attendance brings me so much happiness, knowing you can make a difference and understanding your clients issues. Even if I can help one person I know it’s worked. 

I recommend to whoever possible to join, do so! A few hours of your time could save a person’s life. It’s an amazing group to be a part of and every member is supportive of each other. It’s nice to be nice, why would you want it any other way?

Connor Evans

Coventry

I’m honoured to be an official ambassador for the Lions Barber Collective during this pivotal era when issues regarding mental health and mental awareness are at the forefront of people’s agenda. Suicide is the biggest killer in young people and it affects everybody including myself my friends and my clients. The Lions Barbers Collective means a lot to me because it’s gives me a platform to listen and support people in there struggle and help build stronger relationships with my clients so they feel safe confiding in me. We don’t just cut hair, we cut hair and save lives

Dan Davies

Dan Davies

Pall Mall Barbers

I have been asked in interviews why I am part of the Lions barber collective?

Many reasons. The collective has introduced me to people I am proud to call friends, when friends have a common goal, passion and drive the results are going to be vast. In a very short period of time as a collective the results have been fantastic and we are just getting started. The Hair industry is amazing and if we all work together we can achieve amazing things. The seminars I have done with the lions have been great fun and helped people. It’s our duty to make people to feel great as well as look good. There are many hashtags associated with mental health. The one I truly believe is #togetherwearestronger!

Lesley MacBain

Lesley Macbain

When I first heard about Tom Chapmans charity, the Lions Barber Collective, I was more than keen to get on board, with my previous background being within the mental health sector as an assessor, I understood and had had first hand experiences with the continual challenges that particularly men face with the stigmas of mental health and opening up about their feeling and emotions. As barbers, we can now provide an an environment that is both safe and non judgmental for our customers to talk within along with building awareness for others within our industry for the prevention of suicide within young men, and removing the stigmas that surround mental health….something that I feel very very strongly about. Lesley Morgan Macbain

Darren Birch

Darren Birch

Warwick

The lions for me, was a no brainier. Having previous professional knowledge working on a mental health triage car whilst in the police force, I felt that I could give a lot to the lions collective. I also have been medically retired from the police as a PTSD sufferer. So adding the personal and professional element just enabled me to see things from both sides. I was part of a team that learnt sign language to help break down the barriers with the Deaf community and have a number of Deaf clients now too. Life is better as a Lion!

Tommie Mcgukin

Tommie McGuckin

Hard Grind

I joined the lions because I think it is so important to end the stigma around male mental health. I want to show men that you don’t have to be afraid and that they aren’t alone. I’m living proof, but this is bigger than me. A mental health disorder does not define you. 

Ken Hermes

Ken Hermes

Gould Barbers

Losing my dad to suicide at 15 left an empty place in my heart. If only my dad could have spoken to someone about how he felt. Maybe he would still be here? I want to help educate others to spot the signs of need, and start the conversations that change lives. Working for a large barbering group means that I can pass this education to 100+ barbers and really make a difference in our communities.

Mark Loftin

Mark Loftin

Summer & Lola Hairdressers

Ever since meeting Tom and learning of The Lions Barber Collective I’ve felt I needed to get involved. Understanding that there’re guys out there suffering in silence and feeling as though they’re on their own was something that I wanted to help with. Being in a position of privilege by working with someone on how they look and feel is a perfect way of hopefully making a difference in someone’s life. We all have low points in our life that can get on top of us and feel like it spirals out of control, I’ve been through my own personal mill. Being part of the Lions and a barber gives us a unique opportunity and position to ask questions and support those that may need it, it’s not like you can rock up to complete strangers in the street and just ask everyone, if only it really was that easy

Jac Ludlow

Wales/Norway

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