Local barbershops and public figures of the community teamed with Lorenzo Lewis, founder of the Confess Project to ignite the mental health conversation in the community.
The Confess Project is a grassroots organization, headquartered in Arkansas, that is committed to promoting positive mental health, while transforming institutions, communities, and
systems that will be applicable for men and their loved ones.
The meeting took place at the Columbus Public Library yesterday. Conversations featured topics like, parenting, citizen and police relations, the mental health of the Columbus city youth and the education system.
The Confess Project is now a leading voice in the mental health advocacy field.
Their team of public health experts, therapists, and education professionals design programs that confront taboos and empower individuals.
They focus on the South and Midwest, train barbers to become mental health advocates, and partner with regional organizations to bring into focus how mental health intersects with police brutality, LGBT issues, gender inequality, and more.
Since its inception in may 2016, the confess project has reached over 15,000 individuals nationally and continues its mission of building a culture of mental health for boys and men of color through capacity building, advocacy, organizing and movement building.