September 24, 2018

Barbers to offer free haircuts to elderly men in campaign to tackle loneliness (Huffingtonpost)

Barbers to offer free haircuts to elderly men in campaign to tackle loneliness (Huffingtonpost)

International Men’s Day (19 Nov) might be over, but that doesn’t mean conversations around men’s mental health should cease to exist. To tackle loneliness in the lead up to Christmas, barbers across the country are being encouraged to offer free haircuts to elderly men in their community.

 As part of the Shave The Day campaign, in aid of Age UK, barbers are being encouraged to provide complimentary services to older men on 7 December to help them feel less isolated during the festive period.
 According to Age UK, almost one million people aged 60 and over feel more lonely at Christmas time, with those who are single, separated or widowed feeling it the most.

What’s more, research from earlier this year suggested that loneliness and social isolation might be worse for public health than obesity. Luke Dolan, owner of Luke’s Barbershop in east London, is one of the barbers taking part in the campaign. He said: “As our communities change around us, like pubs closing, community centres shutting and halls closing their doors, our habitat is changing and our elderly suffer because of it. Read more

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