What do barbershops and mental health have in common? This is a topic being explored through a community-based photography project called :“Mind My Hair, Hear My Mind”.

Off The Record, a youth counselling charity based in Thornton Heath, are working with photographer Lee Townsend to explore the therapeutic relationship between barbers and their clients.

Through engagement with local barbershops in the borough including Doyleys, Pamphyl, Millionhairs and Rays Barbers the project is learning how a good trim can often serve to positively affect ones’ mood, release stress and lift spirits.

Barbers embrace the role they have in their customers’ lives and often provide a listening ear and advice.

Following a successful funding application made to Healthwatch Croydon, a community event has been organised to coincide with Black History Month and World Mental Health Day.

The event is aimed at 16-25 year olds from the BME community who are welcome to a free haircut, a free digital portrait taken by a professional photographer and complimentary refreshments.

The event will also be an opportunity for members of the community to share their views and experiences with Croydon NHS services.

The event will be held at Cutter Barbers, 52 Portland Road, South Norwood SE25 4PQ,  Sunday October 8: 12-4pm. For further information on the event: