A little off the top – men and their mental health.

Jonathan Arenburg
Jonathan Arenburg

Jonathan is a mental health blogger, published author, and speaker. He has appeared in numerous newspapers and has been a guest on many podcasts.

A little off the top – men and their mental health. Men opening up to their barber. Men getting help with their mental health from their barber…….

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A little off the top: men and their mental health.Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock since 2019, you know all about the mental-health crisis impacting millions around the world. And as if that weren’t enough, the mental-health professionals charged with their car, are struggling to keep up.

While challenges in the mental-health care profession aren’t new, with shortages of therapists and so on it’s really been taxed since COVID. What’s worse, is that it seems equally challenging to figure out how to fix it. Despite the fact that many government leaders have acknowledged that something must be done.

So, while we wait and wait and wait, we suffer. Luckily however, the human spirit is strong and our ability to adapt, remarkable. And as flawed as the human species may be, it is equally charged in the direction for survival. In other words, many of us won’t wait for leadership to try to fix things.

And as far as I can tell, we’re all the better for it. Thankfully, there are many trying to do their part to ease the suffering during this unprecedented time in history.

What immediately comes to mind are the many mental-health advocates that lift their weary heads every day to try and help. They are an amazing bunch because even though they struggle themselves, they still want to do their part.

Six mental health advocates to follow.

But that’s not all folks; there are many other organizations out there, like Kids Help phone and crisis services Canada. Just to name a few; additionally, many nations have suicide hotlines one can call if one happens to be in crisis.

Recently, there’s been some new and innovative programs that have popped up with the goal of reaching even more sufferers. For instance, The United States has recently implemented a 911 like phone number for mental health. The number 988 is now live for the citizens of the US.

Read: The US as a 911 like number for mental health

Gymshark, a British fitness clothing and accessory manufacturer has come up with a great idea. For a week in July, the 12 to the 17th, they opened a Barbershop called Deload. However, its purpose was more than having the barber take “a little off the top,” It was opened to be a safe space for men.

Alongside being highly skilled barbers, the people doing the cutting were also doing the listening. These barbers were also trained in how to help men with their mental health.

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Although it was only up for a week, it was, nonetheless, a great example of thinking outside the box. And since word has gotten around, other places have expressed interest in the idea.

Are you a man living in Canada? Need help? Canadian Centre for Men and Families

While initially, the concept may be limited to a small area, if it helps three men for example, then just think of the benefits to the community. So, scaled up, unique ideas like this could make a real impact.

At the end of the day, we can’t always wait for those in power to do what’s right but rather, we must solve the problems ourselves. And in the case of the barbershop? It’s all about helping one person at a time.

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Jonathan Arenburg

Jonathan Arenburg is a mental health blogger, S speaker, writer, and published author; He is also the host of the mental wellness podcast, #thewellnesstalks He has also appeared in the i'Mpossible's Lemonade Stand III. He has also been a contributing writer for Mental health talk, a column in his local paper. In addition, he has also written for the mental health advocacy organization; Sick Not Weak. Jonathan has also appeared on several mental health-related podcasts Including: A New Dawn, The Depression Files, Books and Authors, and Men Are Nuts. Since being put off work because of PTSD, Jonathan has dedicated his time to his mental wellness journey while helping others along the way. Educated as an addictions' counsellor, he has dedicated most of his professional life of eighteen years, working with those who have intellectual disabilities, behavioural challenges, and mental illness. He has also spent fifteen years in the volunteer fire service helping his community. His new book (2021), “The Road To Mental Wellness,” goes into detail about his life-long battle with depression, anxiety and more recently, PTSD. In it, he hopes to provide insight on how mental illness cultivates over a lifetime and, if not recognized and treated, how it impacts the entirety of one's life; right from childhood into the adult years. Jonathan lives with his two children in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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