Thursday, local barbers united for a good cause at the second annual “Barbershop Talk.”
It’s an event that uses a barber’s counseling and conversation skills normally used in the shop in a community setting.
“What if my father had gone to the doctor when he was really feeling bad and didn’t know why?” said actor Palmer Williams Jr.
Through comedy, Williams is making sure others will be more aware of the importance of checking up on their health.
“This is health and wellness comedy. It’s for a cause. Comedy for a cause, who knew?” said Williams. “African American males, men of color, just every man, get yourself checked out.”
It’s just one of many messages he delivered on stage at Barbershop Talk. It’s an event that gives black men the opportunity to speak openly with barbers on issued in the community, physical health and mental health.
Organizers with the African-American Male Wellness Walk hosted the event because men generally talk a lot at the barbershop, but not about their physical or mental health.
“And so we partnered and came up with the idea of having mental health professionals with local barbers, facilitating the conversation for men,” said clinical psychologist Dr. Maria Houston.
“A lot of us are affected by it. We have so many things that go on in our lives and it affects our mental health and our mental health affects our physical health,” said barber Chevez Morman.
In addition to giving the community an outlet to discuss mental health, there were also medical professionals providing blood sugar and blood pressure screenings.