- September 20, 2021
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Tom Chapman is offering men the chance to get the hairstyle rocked by the likes of Chris Waddle and Billy Ray Cyrus as part of a discussion around mental health
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Devon celebrity barber Tom Chapman is bringing back the mighty mullet hairstyle to encourage more men to open up about their mental health.
The mullet – short top and sides, flowing at the back – was popular in the 1980s and was the hairstyle of choice for former England and Torquay United footballer Chris Waddle.
More recently it has found favour again with rugby players, notably in Australia and New Zealand.
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Tom, the founder and CEO of men’s mental health charity the Lions Barber Collective, even offered free ‘mullet’ haircuts to encourage men to ‘Mullet Over Together’ in support of suicide prevention.
Customers taking Tom up on his offer were encouraged to post selfies of their new hairdos to raise awareness for the campaign.
Some have even been using their new cut to raise sponsorship money for the Lions Barber Collective, which helps train barbers to recognise the signs of poor mental health and signpost clients to appropriate support services.
Tom said: “The mullet has long divided opinion, but with the style making a comeback, we wanted to leverage its new-found popularity to spark conversations around men’s mental health.
“The aim is to create a fun way to break the ice when men visit their barbers, getting them talking, not just about mullets, but about whatever’s on their mind.
“Too often us men keep our troubles to ourselves, so whether rocking the infamous mullet cut to help us raise awareness for the campaign, or just having a chinwag with their barber, friends, family or support services, we want to encourage men not to suffer in silence but to mull it over together instead.”
Suicide is the biggest killer of men under forty five in the UK, yet only 28 per cent of those affected have had contact with mental health services.
After the death of his friend Alex in 2015, Tom set up the charity to encourage barbers to create safe places for men to offload, and the charity’s clinically-backed BarberTalk programme has now trained more than 2,500 barbers to date.
Click www.thelionsbarbercollective.com/mullet-over-together for more details.
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