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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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Charity no. 1176363
Public address: Flat 6, 3 Lisburne Crescent, Higher Woodfield Road, Torquay, TQ1 2LA
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