With National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month starting in July and Mental Health Month ending in May, Revolt TV hit show Love & Respect With Killer Mike aired an in-depth interview featuring mental health expert and advocate The Confess Project (TCP) Founder Lorenzo Lewis. Killer Mike reflects on his perspective as a barbershop owner while Lorenzo Lewis speaks on The Confess Project; a movement committed to training black barbers to be mental health advocates.
Lewis highlights how, in Black culture, the barbershop is more than just a place to get a good haircut; it’s a place that positively affects the livelihood and identity of those living in its community. It is a commonplace for those getting a haircut to share details about their personal lives with the barber.
Black men are not only affected by the general barriers to medical treatment that many in the Black community face but also have to internalize certain behaviors that fit within the social constructs of Black masculinity — ultimately impacting their help-seeking behaviors. The Confess Project aims to bridge this gap through a certification program that equips barbers with the tools to be mental health advocates. TCP is a coalition of Black barbers trained to be mental health advocates for men who are less likely to see a therapist. With only 2% of psychiatrists being Black, there is a critical shortage of mental health workers of color across the U.S.
About The Confess ProjectThe Confess Project is a national grassroots movement committed to training black barbers across America to be mental health advocates. They work with partners such as Gillette, Andis Company, and the Arthur Blank Foundation (Owner of Atlanta Falcons) to ensure that every young black man is seen and heard, allowing the best mental health outcomes possible. The Confess Project has been featured in Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Nick Cannon Radio Show, CNN, and Good Morning America.
Check out the full episode below!