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Barber in Pontypridd encourages customers to talk about their mental health

Josh wants to encourage men to talk openly about their mental health Credit: ITV Wales

A barber from Pontypridd is using his experience of mental health to help customers open up about their own struggles.

Josh Downes hopes his barbershop, called the Lost Boys Club, will be a place for other men to talk openly about their mental health.

"I want people to come here and just in conversation tell me what they're feeling," he said.

Josh has opened the Lost Boys Club barbershop in Pontypridd Credit: ITV Wales

Josh started self-harming at the age of eleven.

"I'd punch myself in the face and in my mouth and my eyes so my eyes would swell up."

"I hid it from everybody and I was good at hiding it as well."

After a decade of silence, Josh eventually got help and he was diagnosed with a mood disorder.

"Coming out and speaking about it I just feel like a massive weight has lifted off my shoulders. I feel much better."

Now Josh wants to encourage customers to speak to him if they are struggling with their mental health.

"I want people to come here and just in conversation tell me what they're feeling."

He hopes to make his barber shop a safe space for men to open up.