This blog is extracted from the article 'You could be turning to your hairdresser for mental health support' posted on CFM on Monday 16 October 2017.
Hairdressers could be the new front line to support people struggling with mental health problems.
Health bosses have launched a new scheme in Manchester to teach them how to help customers they're concerned about. It's in an effort to reduce the number of people who take their own lives.
Joanne Hargreaves from No.19 hair and beauty in Carlisle wants to see it rolled out in Cumbria as well.
“Yeah I think it’s a brilliant idea, it’s a subject not many people want to talk about- speaking to a hairdresser rather than a friend- I think it’s a really good thing.
“Yes they definitely do, you get to hear about all sorts of problems. I think they look to talk to a stranger rather than a friend and we’re always here to help.”
Here in our county- we have one of the highest rates in the UK. John Brown is from the Survivors of Bereavement Cumbria - he thinks the plans could make a difference.
“To get the community seeing suicide prevention as a responsibility for the community and developing the confidence to say to people, are you OK?
“Hairdressers themselves can be left carrying a level of anxiety because of information that’s shared with them, so giving some basic awareness training is excellent.”
There’s more help and advice here
You can read the original blog post on CFM here.
If you've been left behind by a friend or family member who has taken their own life and you struggle to cope, then Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) Cumbria is here to walk alongside you and to help you through the hard times.
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