As the nation's first barber mental health movement, The Confess Project drives mental health care innovation and breaks the silence around Black and Brown mental health.
We have trained over 251 barbers to serve as mental health advocates in 20 cities nationwide. Our barber advocates have reached over 240,000 individuals. We are on track to train an additional 549 barbers and reach 1,000,000 people by December 2021.
Our groundbreaking work has been featured over 100 times on local, national, and international media platforms.
stated they would receive mental health therapy if it was located in a Barbershop.
of men of color stated they wanted to receive mental health services from a therapist
In a Preliminary data study with The University of Arkansas Medical Sciences College of Public Health (COPH) (2019): A total of 73 Barbershop participants participated in the study. Most participants were African American (98% pre-evaluation, 89% post-evaluation) and male (89% pre-evaluation, 82% post-evaluation). The participants were asked to rate their satisfaction with their personal relationships and the mean satisfaction score was 7 out of 10. 29% of individuals (out of 37 who reported not wanting to seek help from a mental health professional at baseline) said they would consider receiving treatment in the future. 91% had a better understanding of mental health after the shop talk.
Conclusions: The results of the study suggest that this program made an impact in increasing participants understanding of the importance of mental health and is positively associated with treatment seeking attitudes. (Tori, Johnson; the Confess Project)
In 2018, The Confess Project toured seven southern and Midwest cities the results reflected 91.3% of all participants in the seven targeted cities stated that they were “better” informed of mental health then they were before the sessions