Cutz and Conversation tackling mental health topics

DELRAY BEACH, Florida – Friends and strangers share what’s on their minds while customers cut and style their hair.

It may seem an unusual meeting place, but for owners of Upper Cutz salon and barbershop in Delray Beach, it makes sense.

People tend to talk to them when they’re in the barber’s chair.

“In the African American community, we’ve learned to keep things to ourselves, not to display them there,” said co-owner Lachon Harris.

But in Cutz and Conversation sessions, people can talk freely.

“It’s for society to come in and be able to articulate some of the mental things they’re going through,” Harris said.

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Meetings are held on the last Thursday of every month and there is a group of men who meet on the last Monday of every month.

“It makes more people want to come because they know everything they’ve talked about to us and the therapists, that they’re not going out there, and they have a safe place to go and talk.”

Anyone can be a part of Cutz and the conversation.

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Julia Sana, as a therapist, said she helps facilitate meetings. And if someone needs one-on-one advice, they are there to provide them with the resources. She says they talk about everything.

“Relationships, we talk about mental health, we talk about stress and anxiety, we talk about depression, we talk about the dynamics of parenting. Everyone expresses their opinions and they are not necessarily the same,” Sana said. “And that’s the point of being able to meet in a place where you can agree on some things, disagree on some things, but hear where the other person is coming from.”

She adds that it brings generations together.

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“The most exciting moments were when young men or even young women would talk and then have older men here who would answer them and respond to them,” Sana said. “And sometimes younger men are, so why is your generation doing this. Be open about taking care of your mental health. And don’t let the stigma of the past or the way we viewed mental health in the past stop you from seeking help.”

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