Camden barbers tackle mental health inequality
- Credit: Archant
In a bid to ‘fight mental health inequality’ in Camden, black barbers are being trained to recognise early signs of mental health problems.
A group of eight Camden barbers have completed the Mental Health First Aid course with the intention of the reaching out to black men in the community.
Camden barber, Sam, said: “As barbers we get to meet many, many people. We speak with guys who we can tell are unwell, but they don’t talk about it and aren’t getting help.”
Another barber, Steve, added: “That’s why we have got to change things. We want people to talk about it and to know it is normal. Mental health is just like physical health, sometimes it is good, other times not so good. If we talk about it, hopefully other guys will too.”
According to Camden Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), who funded the training, about 37,000 people in Camden suffer from a ‘common’ mental health problem like anxiety and depression.
Camden is also has the second highest prevalence of serious mental illness in England.
In the same review, it was revealed that black men are underrepresented in primary care for ‘common’ mental health problems.
- 1 Fences and padlocks at Primrose Hill once again
- 2 Alleged stalker sent '1,000 emails in a month’ to The Crown star Claire Foy
- 3 Fans pray for Bosco 'and his big stick' as he goes into surgery
- 4 Crouch End Festival: 'Back with a bang bigger than ever'
- 5 Family pay tribute to schoolgirl at West Hampstead bridge restoration
- 6 Covid admissions on the rise at north London hospitals
- 7 Golders Green school hosts reunion ahead of closure
- 8 Royal Free denies allowing Tory MP to influence medical decision
- 9 Crime writer: Why I'm donating royalties to Dogs Trust
- 10 Free beach returns to Finchley Road for the summer
The review stated that the number of black men admitted to hospital with ‘serious’ mental health illnesses, such as schizophrenia, is five times higher than the amount treated in primary care for ‘common’ mental health problems.
Dave, who owns a barbers on Camden Road, said:, “We’re not here to give professional support. We are here to let guys know it is nothing to be ashamed of and if they need more support, we will tell them where they can go.”
The creative initiative was featured on BBC One’s The One Show as part of a mental health special.