The Essentials Beauty Salon is hosting a mental health awareness coffee morning for clients

Birmingham-based The Essentials Beauty Salon is hosting a coffee morning on May 10 to support clients with mental health issues

The event, taking place from 10am–1pm at the Castle Bromwich salon, is giving customers a chance to get away from the stresses of daily life, with a counsellor from mental health charity Solihull Mind on hand to have a private chat.

The aim is to create a safe environment where clients can receive advice and be pointed in the right direction should they need further support, as well as enjoy a hot drink and cake with like-minded people. 

I believe that the beauty and aesthetic industry plays a significant role in the mental health of our clients. The services we provide can help people by making them feel great about themselves but, unfortunately, I see too regularly how our industry can play a part in destroying clients self-esteem and encouraging certain mental health conditions such as body dysmorphia,” Emma Ginever, owner of The Essentials, told Professional Beauty. 

“As therapists we learn a lot about our clients – some unload a lot of personal issues and I always wonder should I be doing more with this information? However, with client confidentiality, beauty therapists can’t take things further. Yet, if we hand out a leaflet to encourage customers to look into other routes of help, for example, we would be serving them better.”

The Essentials Coffee Morning invite

Ginever is also targeting those who work within the beauty industry to attend the event as many suffer with a negative work-life balance

“As therapists, we feel obligated to our clients so much that we forget about keeping ourselves mentally and physically well. [As an industry], I feel we have a responsibility to support the mental health of our staff as well as our clients,” she added. 

If you would like to attend the event, email Emma Ginever on emma@the-essentials.co.uk for more information. 

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In other news, initiatives to train beauty therapists to spot domestic abuse launch in the North.