BANGOR – A group in town is offering free haircuts on Monday and Tuesday in an effort designed to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and substance use disorder.
Three local hairdressers volunteered Monday to give out free haircuts at the Together Place Peer Run Recovery Center on Second Street.
By the end of the first day, Eileen Chase from Salon La Posh, Nicole McArthur from Sport Clips, and independent hair cutter Stacy Martin had completed 36 haircuts.
“If you’re a person with mental health issues or substance use disorder, we’re so focused on getting our lives together that our basic needs sometimes are neglected,” said Jessica Shaw, a peer recovery coach for Healthy Acadia. “Sometimes we can’t remember the last time we had something as simple as a haircut.”
She added later, “It feels awesome. It feels like special treatment.”
It was pretty easy to see how happy the haircuts made those who participated.
Volunteers hair cutters Eileen and Stacy will be back on Tuesday and will be joined by Empire Beauty School instructor Scott Weeks.
Tuesday’s free haircuts will be offered from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. The Together Place is located on the corner of Second and Union streets.