Big-hearted Chesterfield salon owner offering new service for people with depression and anxiety

A big-hearted Chesterfield salon owner is offering a new service for people who suffer with depression or anxiety.

Hayley Meehan, owner of Autumn House Hair and Beauty, on Derby Road, will be opening up the salon on days when it is usually closed so people who are suffering with mental health issues can come in and get a pamper away from the hustle and bustle of a normal working day.

Hayley Meehan, owner of the Autumn House Hair & Beauty.

Hayley Meehan, owner of the Autumn House Hair & Beauty.

She said that people will not be under any pressure while they are there and they will be in the company of others in a similar situation to them – giving them an opportunity to make new friends.

“As a sufferer of anxiety myself I understand just how difficult and daunting ‘normal’ situations such as getting your hair done can be,” Hayley said.

“When I first started my job I really struggled with talking to different people I did not know but now I am used to it.”

The 26-year-old told the Derbyshire Times that she has suffered with anxiety for as long as she can remember and she wanted to do something to help people who may be put off from attending the salon because it is so busy.

Hayley put out an appeal on social media and the post received a positive response from people who said it was an ‘amazing’ idea.

The mum has already had a couple of people take her up on the offer and says it has been a success so far.

When asked if it was a rewarding feeling, Hayley said: “That’s not the reason I am doing it but it was nice to see them come out of their shell more.”

The service will be available once a month on a Monday, although if the demand is there then it may be extended.

The next day will be January 14.

A post on the salon’s Facebook page read: “Do you or someone you know suffer with anxiety, depression, a personality disorder or anything similar that stops you getting your hair done despite wanting that all important pamper?

“I’m wanting to open one day a month on a day we’re not usually open, specifically for people who are worried about the busy, hustle and bustle of a salon! So if there is someone sat in the chair next to you, they’ll be in the same boat, no worry of having to make small talk with myself, or anyone else if you don’t want to.”

n Call the salon on 01246 395123.