When I started barbering there was 3 things I knew, for the most part, would be abundantly clear. The first is that I loved doing it, and in the last 10 months that passion and love has only grown stronger.
The second was that I knew part of the reason I loved it was due to being able to talk to men about one of the biggest issues we face - our mental health. Because of my own journey with mental health, trying to help others is something I'm very passionate about. Barbers are very high on the list of jobs in which someone will open up about suicide, depression and anxiety.
Which brings me to my third point, one that I am openly admitting I have fallen short of the mark recently, as life always seems to come crashing down at once, and I all to often try to bottle it all up until I spiral down a path that has led so many men and women to breaking point - our own mental health.
My reason for posting this, is a way I can keep myself accountable for my mental health. And not only that but I want to help others do the same.
We often have so many people around us, friends and family, but sometimes it feels like they aren't truly there. That's because we have a funny way of showing it sometimes, and sometimes saying "I'm here to chat if you need" feels fake. Well the hardest truth Ive realised is that is all part of the mindset we need to break out of. Sometimes we need to say to someone, "YES! I need to talk." But talking about your problems is only half the battle. The reason Ive posted a photo of a book, is because I'm realising that I need to take a step back from technology, social media and the like, to focus on MY mental health. Reading is something I haven't done since I was a young kid and too often I spend my time on an endless scroll, playing videogames, or watching Netflix.
To my barber brothers and sisters, I want you to know I'm here to talk, even if I don't know you well.
So please, let's get a conversation started together. Share this post, and tag a few of your barber mates, to let people know you're here to talk, and to ask them what they are doing to make sure they look after their own mental health, so that we can keep each other accountable.