America’s First Mental Health Barbershop Movement
Who We Are & What We Do
The Confess Project has the first and largest organization committed to building a culture of mental health for young men of color, boys and their families. How? We focus on empowering frontline heroes and sheroes in Communities across America. More specifically, we train barbers to be mental health advocates.
Allow me to introduce J. "Divine" Alexander, he has been a licensed professional barber for 25 years as well as a shop owner for 20 years. He is a very active concern citizen of his community in Louisville, KY, where he is involved with grooming the homeless, in addition to advocating for those suffering from mental health issues.
J. "Divine" Alexander Ambassador from Louisville, KY
We Save Lives
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“Barbers will be transformed”
The Confess Project encourages cultural dialogue of African American males and speaking about emotional health. Our projects serve as the bridge for mental health disparities with marginalized males that will come in contact with/or seek treatment of any emotional related social issues. In addition, we train Barbers to become Mental Health Advocates.
African-American men experience disproportionately higher rates of unemployment, poverty, incarceration and chronic illness than their white counterparts. We understand that cultivating a culture of mental health for Black boys and men requires equipping our brothers with the information, tools, and steps to combat the systemic racism they face.
Black men with knowledge about mental health, financial literacy, home ownership, fatherhood, and other subjects pertinent to Black excellence. These programs are designed to enhance the life trajectory and prolong the life expectancy of our brothers by promoting health and wellness.
Vision: “I am more than a pair of clippers; I am improving my community through the barber chair one client at A Time”
We're On A Mission
We're On A Mission To Reach 1 Million People
Be A Part Of The Solution
#Roadto1Million That’s right! This year we are focused on reaching 1,000,000 (1M) people to get to mental health care and wellness. We are focused on reaching 800 new barbers which adds to our current 200 barbers. Our barbers can reach 100 clients per month. This actually means that 100,000 clients through a barbershop per month can be reached through our barbers mental health advocacy services.
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"We are a leading voice in Mental Health Advocacy for Boys, Men of Color, and their families."
We have trained 243 barbers in 19 cities now as 2021 Q2. We have 557 barbers to be trained this year.
With 1 in 5 people in the U.S affected by mental illness, there’s never been a more urgent moment for mental health advocacy. TCP’s programming specifically focuses on communities of color who have far too long borne the brunt and weight of trauma, alone.
Our team brings over 40 years collective experience in fields ranging from social work to behavioral health to therapy to develop programs for those who have the greatest stake in the issue. Hoping to reach as many advocates as possible, we see our programs as part of a wider movement to solve mental health disparities in communities of color—now, and for generations to come.