This week is Mental Health Awareness Week 2015.
Here at beardbase this is something that's very close to our hearts, so we're extremely passionate about it and want to do everything we can to help raise awareness and donations.
Mental Health in the UK is a somewhat taboo subject, meaning that the figures may come as a surprise to you. With men especially, the statistics are shocking: suicide is the biggest killer of men aged 20-34. This means that suicide accounts for 1 in 4 deaths of men in that age bracket.
We're in the business of taking care of men's beards and moustaches, but we want to make sure your mental health is cared for, too. If you need a friend, feel free to tweet us, comment on Facebook, etc. - we love to talk to our customers and members of the bearded community! There's an entire community of fellow beardsmen online! Of course, if there are some more serious problems you're wrestling with then please contact a professional - we can give you some suggestions if need be.
Given the statistics, it's obvious that something needs to be done to raise awareness of anxiety, depression and other mental health afflictions that many in the UK are suffering from. In addition, better support needs to be offered to those sufferers. Luckily, there are some great charities such as Mind that are doing great work to work towards solving these problems.
Thus, we've chosen to support Mind during this week and have decided to donate 10% of all our revenue between now and 17th May to Mind. Your beard could save a life!
Being a Man?
We often joke on social media with posts regarding how manly having a beard is, implying that if you don't have a huge beard you aren't a proper man. We just wanted to take the time to reiterate that it's fine to not have a beard. It's fine to have a bit of stubble. It's fine if you've got long stubble that's a bit patchy in places. It's fine to have sideburns shaved into the shape of stars. It's fine to have a beard that reaches your toes. Do what you want with your facial hair!
We ask our fellow beardsmen to be conscious about this - we've seen people on social media attack clean-shaven individuals and even seen a twitter account dedicated to shaming people that the account deems to have a 'crap beard'. Don't be that guy. Jokingly poke fun at clean shaven people in general is one thing, but don't attack individuals. Do your beard proud and be a Chuck Norris, a Pirlo, or a Gandalf kind of beardsman.
In the words of Action Hank, it's the beard on the inside that counts.
This week, please join us to do what you can to spread awareness of mental health issues and we'd love it if you helped us raise money for charities like Mind. If you want, you can text SUPPORT to 70660 to donate £3 to Mind. Also, as we've mentioned, any of our sales this week go towards Mind.
Be mindful of your fellow humans, not just your fellow men or even just your fellow beardsmen. We're all in this together!
It's Mental Health Awareness Week 2015.
We're donating 10% of our revenue this week to Mind. Your beard could save a life!
Do what you can to raise awareness, raise money and help your fellow humans.
As always, thanks - you're still the best community of customers on the planet!