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He Was Born In A Prison To An Incarcerated Mom And Faced Mental Issues — Now, Lorenzo Lewis Is Behind A Mental Health Barbershop Movement

To support the mental health of Black Men, The Confess Project was born. Now, it has become a space to tackle difficult conversations and begin a journey toward wellness. Courtesy of The Confess Project

Samantha Dorisca

Jul 4, 2022

The Confess Project, America’s First Mental Health Barbershop Movement, Receives $1K For Its Efforts

Black mental health matters, and this is proof. For Black men, the barbershop has been a safe space to open up and vent about what’s going on inside, which is why Lorenzo Lewis created The Confess Project, America’s first mental health barbershop movement. The organization is on a mission to advocate for mental health by training barbers in the field. According to KARK, b ecause of its outstanding efforts, the nonprofit was honored by Rainwater, Holton & Sexton with not only the Difference Makers Award but a donation of $1,000.

Shanique Yates

Jan 4, 2022

Here's How 'The Confess Project' Trains Barbers to Be Mental Health Advocates

Historically, barbershops have been a longstanding pillar in the Black community, serving as a place of solace and trust for Black men. Now, Lorenzo Lewis, founder of the national grassroots movement, is looking to build even more trust through The Confess Project. Set out to equip barbers with the necessary tools to support their clients by encouraging long-standing mental health success, Lewis and The Confess Project has provided free mental health advocacy training to 20 local Mississippi barbers. “Particularly with African Americans we are less likely to receive treatment due to discrimination and bias and things that we’ve experienced with our medical system. We here to open up the gateways for men to show that them that they are needed and they can be seen and heard,” Lewis told WJTV. Founded in 2016, the Arkansas-based movement reports that they are the nation’s first grassroots movement that truly addresses the mental health challenges for boys, men of color, and their...

Devin Crudup

Jun 29, 2020