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Although hair salons have had to close their doors once again, the Birmingham based Joshuaa Shaun Hair salon have recently been prioritising the staff’s mental health. The salon’s founder, Joshua Forde has invested in various mental health workshops in recent months to ensure that his staff remain positive and well during the difficult circumstances.

In November alone, the salon had over 300 appointments which had to be cancelled due to restrictions, which not only impacted the financial aspect of the business but the wellbeing of staff.

Its evidently clear that due to lockdown restrictions and the uncertainly regarding job security, this has the power to impact the mental health of many.  However, Joshua has taken this and invested £1500 into the mental health of his team members, giving them access to increased holiday allowances, and mental health sessions. These are all in the hopes to safeguard the team and prevent them from feeling burnt out once allowed to continue working.

Joshua’s says “Coronavirus has been incredibly hard on so many businesses, but we have been particularly badly hit by being at the bottom of the list when it comes to what the government has termed ‘non-essential services’. It has been a year of fire-fighting; suddenly having to close our doors in March and then being allowed to re-open in the summer and implementing – and investing in – a whole host of Covid-secure measures, only to have to shut again when the second lockdown was brought into force. We know that for so many of our customers we offer a vital service in making them feel good about themselves; now I want to ensure that my staff feel good about themselves too”