Men grappling with mental-health issues often struggle to ask for help, but sometimes chatting with a barber can be the next best thing. Having someone tend to your locks and beard is an intimate experience, and it’s often one of the few chances blokes have to experience one-on-one, personal conversation without any distractions. And while many barbers might hold a Tafe certificate in barbering, they usually don’t have degrees in psychology. That’s where Might & Mane comes in.
Might & Mane is a mental-health support service that trains Australian barbers in conducting safe conversations with their clients, giving them the tools to respond to those who are struggling with their mental health. It offers participating barbers three-hour workshops, equipping them with the resources to deal with their role as de facto therapist. Currently based in Sydney, it plans on expanding its program to other Australia cities and rural areas.
For R U OK? Day on Thursday, September 12, The Old Clare Hotel in Chippendale will be converting its bottle shop into a barber shop for one day only. Haircuts will cost $40 and all proceeds will be going to Might & Mane. Don’t need a trim but still want to support the cause? From 12pm The Clare bar will be donating five per cent of its proceeds to the cause.
The Old Clare Hotel’s pop-up barber shop will be offering haircuts from 12pm to 8pm on R U OK? Day on September 12. Book your spot here.