North Carolina barber school adds mental health course to its curriculum


CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) — Detecting critical mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and psychosis is now part of the course curriculum at a barber school in Charlotte for the very first time.

Critical lessons are now delivered to students on the career path of becoming barbers and hairstylists.

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Damien Johnson owns and operates Charlotte’s No Grease Barber School and knows firsthand how mental illness has impacted his clients.

“In a first interaction with a client we can learn everything from when they were born to their first job, their first child. Their divorce,” Johnson said. “We’ve had clients leave the chair and commit murder.”

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