At Murdock London, the mental health of its barbers and the mental health of clients are both a priority. With three salons in Covent Garden, Soho and Shoreditch, all team members are Mental Health First Aid trained. In fact, the team collaborated with the NHS for their ‘London, you good?’ campaign, aimed at 18–25-year-old Londoners offering tips to take away. Here, Murdock London barbers talk about why looking after your mental health this Mental Health Awareness Month is important.
1. Mental health is the cornerstone of your overall fitness and wellbeing. If you are struggling, speaking to someone and finding support is the first – and hardest – step you can take. Being honest with yourself and accepting you’re in need of help shows great strength of character.
2. Luckily, we’re in an age where talking about your mental health is encouraged and there are a lot of resources out there. Your mental health should always be your top priority.
3. Whether you’re a barber, banker, barista or baker, your mental health is just as important as your physical health. If you break your arm you’d go to A&E, your mental health is the same; if you’re feeling broken you should seek help.
4. If you are struggling with mental health but feel like you can’t, or don’t want to talk, it will impact you negatively and can cause you to struggle for days, weeks, or even months. Speaking to someone that’s mental health first aid trained is so important in taking steps to being the best version of yourself.
5. Good mental health ensures you have a positive mindset for all the challenges life throws your way. It’s normal not to feel great all the time; speaking openly is the first step to getting back to your best. It may also help others around you who are suffering silently build the confidence to speak out, too.