On October 10th millions of people around the world observed World Mental Health Day. It helped raise awareness about the importance of mental health and having the courage to speak about any personal issues people may otherwise feel reluctant to share.

For men, in particular, it presented the opportunity to address any emotional issues they may be affected by. It’s important to remember that three-quarters of deaths by suicide in the UK are accounted for by men. When you consider that suicide is still the biggest cause of death for men in the UK, you can see why days such as this are so vital.

Two prominent public figures eager to get involved in the subject were Ed Sheeran and Prince Harry. In a video released on Instagram last week, the duo released a light-hearted skit to mark World Mental Health Day.

Sheeran is seen travelling to meet the Duke of Sussex at Ivy Cottage at Kensington Palace and gets the wrong end of the stick about the reason for their meeting.

Ed Sherran & Prince Harry

As both are redheads, the singer assumes they are going to discuss how they can take a stand for all ginger-haired people as it’s a subject he says is not talked about enough.

Harry shifts uncomfortably in his chair and corrects him by saying this is about World Mental Health Day instead. Sheeran acts as if he knew all along before the camera shows him quietly deleting the headline “Gingers Unite” from the Word document on his laptop.

Of course, it was all a joke and a way to encourage people to reach out and ensure that friends – and strangers – have a shoulder to lean on if it seems they are suffering in silence.

Hair loss and mental health

To some, the thought of losing your hair isn’t something that should affect your mental health. The reality is somewhat different, as men dealing with hair loss often lose confidence and experience some form of depression as a result.

Whether it is caused by genetics or as a result of a health condition, hair loss can lead to loss of self-esteem, create anxiety and a host of other issues.

There is a stigma that comes with being bald as society puts a lot of pressure onto people to conform to general ideas of what is and isn’t beautiful. It can be devastating to lose your hair as for many people it plays a vital role in making them feel accepted and part of ‘the norm’.

Coping with hair loss

Thankfully, there is a fantastic non-invasive treatment available that can help treat hair loss. It’s called scalp micropigmentation and it recreates the look and feel of real hair without any negative side effects.

It’s a treatment provided by Skalp® where natural pigments are applied to the surface of the scalp to recreate the natural appearance of hair follicles. Scalp Micropigmentation works on fair hair, as well as every other hair colour.

Customers undergoing the treatment have full control over the colour, density, shape and height of the treatment and Skalp’s experienced practitioners have all used the treatment themselves.

They also offer a free virtual mock-up service that allows you to see what the finished treatment will look like. Compared to hair transplants it is much safer, leaves no scarring and is also far more affordable.

If you, or anyone else you know, is suffering from a mental health issue due to their hair loss, Skalp may be able to help. You can get in touch with them today on email at hello@skalp.com or by calling 0845 094 1516.

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