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Podcast / Tom Chapman

How the act of listening allowed this barber to transform mental health care, one haircut at a time

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"Once they're given the space to talk about it, you need to listen to them and they'll solve the fix... It happens so many times they provide their own solution.”

– Tom Chapman

Listening to his clients during haircut sessions, Tom began to recognise that many individuals struggling with mental health issues often just need someone to listen to them without judgment or pressure to fix their problems.

He went on to create an environment where people could feel comfortable opening up about their struggles, release pent-up emotions and gain clarity. Through this approach, Tom has found that simply being present and offering a listening ear can have a profound impact on someone's mental well-being.

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