Up to a certain age, Tom Chapman rarely had any reason to worry about his - or anyone else's - mental health. Aside from a bout of loneliness when his friends left town to go to university, he didn't struggle too badly with his emotions either.
But when he suddenly lost a friend to suicide, Tom knew that he wanted to do something to change the culture around men's mental health. Through his work as a barber, he recognised how important it was to encourage men to talk to each other. He knew that if he could just help men to open up, then perhaps he could save lives. And so the Lions Barber Collective was born: an international group of top barbers, all of which came together to encourage conversation and help raise awareness for the prevention of suicide.
In Talk to Your Barber, Tom explains how his response to a personal tragedy helped him affect real social change and make a powerful impact on the lives of those around him.
Tom Chapman is from Devon, UK. After losing his friend to suicide, he channelled his grief into helping others, specifically men, deal with their mental health problems. As a result, The Lions Barbers Collective was born and is an international collection of top barbers who have come together to help raise awareness for the prevention of suicide. They run seminars, workshops and training events under #BarberTalk to help spread the word and smash the stigma, particularly within male-dominated environments.