20 Cork Hair Salons and Barbers Take Part in First Ever ‘Cut and GROW’ Event

‘Cut and GROW’ Awareness and Information Campaign Takes Place on February 23th and 24th

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Some 20 Cork barbers and hair salons will highlight the importance of positive menta wellbeing and awareness when they take part in a ‘Cut and GROW’ campaign later this month in aid of GROW.cg7

For the first time ever, ‘Cut and GROW’ events will take place on Friday, February 23rd and Saturday, February 24th in salons in Carrigaline, Douglas, Ballincollig, Blarney and Kanturk. The aim is to raise mental health awareness and funds for GROW Mental Health.

Organiser Susan Crowley from GROW emphasises the concept behind the two-day event.

“Cut and GROW is about fundraising but also raising awareness of GROW’s services in Cork and the importance of positive mental wellbeing. Over the two days, we are encouraging hairdressers, barbers and their clients to open up about mental health.

“We want to encourage people from all walks of life to talk about their mental wellbeing, to reach out to others and to be aware of the supports that are available,” said Susan.cg6

“People chat to their hairdressers and barbers. Going to a salon is a social experience and people often talk about many subjects, including their daily lives and mental health.

“As a result, they are an ideal setting to show what GROW has to offer in terms of helping people who may be experiencing mental health difficulties or to inform people of the mental health supports that are available to someone that they know, be it a friend, colleague, family member or loved one,” added Susan.

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GROW Area Coordinator Noreen O’Sullivan is involved in promoting the ‘Cut and GROW’ campaign in Kanturk.

“GROW is a national organisation, with 120 groups free weekly peer-support groups nationwide. GROW commenced in Kanturk 25 years ago this July as a response to a need within the community.cg3

“Many, many people have received great help from GROW throughout these years. That GROW has lasted for all this time is testament to how effective and supportive people have found the group meetings and the GROW Programme in their lives.

“Now, the need for GROW has never been greater. Today, many people are living with loneliness, anxiety, depression or in isolation. It is even more important that people become aware of GROW and the support that can be obtained from attending a GROW meeting,” cg5highlighted Noreen.

“We are all becoming more aware of taking care of our mental health and I am very happy to take part in the Cut and GROW event to raise awareness of the very vital support services of GROW,” she said.

Breda McSweeney of Breda’s Hair Salon in Kanturk has spoken about her involvement in the two-day event.

“We are all becoming more aware of taking care of our mental health and I am very happy to take part in the Cut and GROW event to raise awareness of the vital support services of GROW,” she said.

For details of GROW Groups in Cork, contact GROW’s Southern Office, located on the 1st Floor, 34 Grand Parade, Cork, on 021 4277520, GROW Infoline on 1890 474 474 or email: southernregion@grow.ie

The participating salons/barbers are: Mano Man, Main Street, Carrigaline; Jen’s Hair Kreations, Main Street, Carrigaline; Klassy Kutz, Main Street, Carrigaline; Chocolate Hair & Beauty, Carrigaline Shopping Centre; Urban Hair Design, Old Mill House, Carrigaline; Carrigaline Organic Hair Studio, Old Waterpark; Leonards Hair & Beauty, Douglas Village Shopping Centre; Boyz 2 Men, Douglas Village Shopping Centre; Visage, Time Square, Ballincollig; Impressions, Time Square, Ballincollig; ARK Hair Studio, Barr na Sraide, Ballincollig; Alphsuds, Blarney; The Haven Hair Salon, Kanturk; Deeda’s Hair Salon, Kanturk; Michelle’s Hair Design, Kanturk; Fiona’s Hair Design, Kanturk; 2 Uptown Hair Design; Breda’s Hair Salon; Welcome Barber and Marion Lynam, Kanturk.