Safe Space – Mental Health Initiative


Creating a Safe Space

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is encouraging all barbers and hairdressers to get involved in turning your premises into a Safe Space for people with mental ill-health.

There are currently 167 barbers and hairdressers within the District – equating to one barber/hairdresser for every 693 residents within the District (approx.).

Research estimates that each barber/hairdresser spends up to 2,000 hours every year communicating with their customers and often genuine friendships develop as a result – sharing in all aspects of an individual’s life (births, deaths, marriages, job opportunities, etc).

Therefore, a barber/hairdresser may be in a key position to spot early warning signs, or trigger points, of mental ill-health.

The initiative, supported by the Council’s Mental Health Champions, offers all barbers and hairdressers within the District:

  1. Information and contact cards – for organisations that provide support for individuals. (This information can be displayed within a suitable location with the premises).
  2. An opportunity to take part in a free training workshop, which aims to provide an introduction into Suicide Awareness and the Connect-4Ways Helping Model [delivered by WHSCT staff].

The launch of the initiative will take place on World Mental Health Day as follows:

Date: Wednesday, 10 October 2018.
Venue: Committee Room (Townhall, Enniskillen).
Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm.

As part of the launch event, an initial training session will be delivered by officials from the WHSCT to everyone in attendance. Please note, this event is open to everyone.

For more information, or to reserve your place, please contact Finbar Maguire via email: or via telephone on: 0300 303 1777 ext. 21178.

Additionally, if you are unable to attend the above event and would like to participate in a future training session (at a suitable time), please contact Finbar Maguire via the above contact details.

Mental Health Information

File Type Size Date
Information Leaflet for Businesses pdf 239 KB 3rd October 2018
Mental Health Factsheet pdf 36 KB 3rd October 2018
Business Reply Slip pdf 223 KB 3rd October 2018