The initiative hopes to play a small part in encouraging people to check up on each other while we stay at home.
Over the past 12 months, The Streets Barbershop has become renowned as a thriving hub of social action, with the shops main purpose being to bring the community together and help people find solace in the shared experience of their daily lives, supporting each other through the good times and the bad, and helping each other carry the weight of the world.
Under the helm of The Streets Barber (AKA Nasir Sobhani) who gained popularity for his selfless dedication to cutting hair for the homeless, The Streets Barbershop are staying true to their ethos with their upcoming initiative to help raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention.
Aptly titled BuzzMe, the initiative will see every dollar raised from Buzz Cuts and Mullets on Monday 24 August donated to R U OK Day, an organisation committed to encouraging checking in on our community and having the conversations that remind us all that we have people around us that care for us.
The day will see the incredible team at the Barbershop, comprising of BuzzMe founder Vince ‘Boom’, Nas ‘The Streets Barber’ and guest barber Danny Cox, through to their very own Streets Barista, Sara, devote their time to raising funds for this great cause during a time our community needs caring for the most – all while providing extremely dope haircuts.
BuzzMe is an initiative to help raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention. People can get involved by getting a buzz cut or garage-inspired hairdo as we enter another 6 weeks of lockdown. Why not do something a bit different with your hair while you don’t have to be out in public? BuzzMe will also help raise funds for ‘R U OK? Day’. R U OK? is an organisation that promotes checking in with your mates and starting a conversation that many people don’t, around mental health and wellbeing. This initiative hopes to play a small part in encouraging people to check up on each other while we stay at home to help contain this virus.
“Being a barber myself, I find talking to people about their wellbeing, their challenges, and their goals and dreams can really open up the conversation on causes why people feel a certain way. Something as simple as asking someone “Are you happy?” or “Are you OK?” is enough of a catalyst for people to start talking. That’s what people need – an opportunity to genuinely connect, to open up, and to share,” barber and BuzzMe founder Vince Ballesteros said in a post to social media.
“We can all support each other by offering to listen to what people have to say. That simple act can mean a lot more than you might think.
“So join us in helping spread awareness for mental health and suicide prevention in our communities, by coming in for a mullet or buzz cut. If you can’t bring yourself into getting a buzz, you can make a donation to R U OK?, an organisation doing great work in the mental health space.”
People can get involved by getting a buzz cut or garage-inspired hairdo to get through lockdown – and while we’re all stuck inside at home, it seems like the perfect time to do something different with your hair, while also doing your bit for the greater good.
This initiative hopes to play a small part in encouraging people to check up on each other while we stay at home to help contain this virus.
“Lastly, one thing we can all do is play our part by regularly checking up on our mates, new and old, with a simple “Hello” or “How are you?”,” Vince added.
“Be the reason someone smiles today. Help break down the stigma of what is considered being “strong” mentally, by encouraging people to open up to others with how they really feel – because IT’S OK NOT TO BE OK!”