‘Barbershop Talk Therapy’ Highlights the Importance of Men’s Mental Health – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Here at Lake Como House of Fades Barbershop, tough topics don’t go away.
The event was called Barbershop Talk Therapy.
“This particular program allows us to have a conversation in a vulnerable and raw environment,” said Antonio Igbokidi, a second-year medical student at TCU School of Medicine.
It is a passion project for Igbokidi, who has been supported by some of his fellow medical students.
“I want to become a psychiatrist. I think it is important to be able to have good mental health in order to be able to have good physical health because they are all linked,” said Igbokidi.
Health screenings were offered outside and free haircuts were held inside the store.
“It’s a great opportunity to express yourself and talk about things,” said Landter Goodrich of Lake Como House of Fades Barbershop.
Psychiatrist Dr. Brian Dixon led the conversations with the men.
“So many people, especially black people and black men, are not used to seeing a black psychiatrist who is in space. I think they know I went to therapy myself, it’s been incredibly helpful,” said Dr. Brian Dixon, assistant professor at the TCU School of Medicine.
Igbokidi says community conversations will continue into April in Fort Worth’s historic Stop Six neighborhood.
This is the next of several events planned to continue the conversation about mental health.