Thousands of people are expected to attend the 2018 African-American Male Wellness Walk.
Although the walk isn’t until Aug. 11, there are plenty of events leading up to it. Barbershop Talk – Real Talk, Real Men is an initiative aimed at saving the lives of Black men, encouraging them to “know their numbers” so they can stay healthy or take steps to become healthy.
Barbershop Talk started when the African-American Male Wellness Walk found that Black men work together in groups and are not normally interested in going to a doctor or psychologist to talk about their problems. Instead, they typically head to the barbershop of their choice to talk about everything from money to relationship issues. That’s when they realized they could use the same approach to get men to talk about their health risks.
Through this non-traditional approach, organizers hope to get Black men to come out and talk. They also want to destigmatize mental health issues. It’s an opportunity for men to sit and talk with other men about their problems and realize that they’re not alone.
“We hear men’s problems all day, every day,” said barber and Barbershop Talk organizer Chaves Moment. “We never had solutions before. Now we partner with community and health care organizations and it gives men a way to get results.”
This is the second year for Barbershop Talk. The event begins at 5:30pm on Thursday, May 24 at East High School (1500 E. Broad St., Columbus).