Grow a beard, start a conversation

Tim Kinsela

Blokes (and Ladies) of the Capital

It’s damn cold in Canberra.

I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you but I think we all need to vent sometimes. That’s what this article is about.

Men of Canberra, we need to talk more.

If you’re going through something tough, reach out. If you need any other convincing to grow a beard other than to make your face warm here we go. I’d always heard these stats but never really thought about them, so chew on these…

  • Suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44.
  • We lose 1 Canberran to Suicide every 10 days.


I think one of the main reasons the statistics are high is that we as men (and also women) don’t talk enough. If you’re feeling down talk to someone.

It doesn’t have to be someone who you know, but it might help. Lifeline has a number you can call 13 11 14 or you could just chat to them online at

You aren’t alone.


The aim of this campaign is to raise funds for Lifeline Canberra’s crisis support service, raise awareness of mental health and promote Lifeline Canberra’s integral services.

Those people who already have an awesome beard and are reluctant to change the hairy thing on their face will be asked to pay a Beard Tax of $26 (the dollar cost of Lifeline Canberra answering a life changing call).

Lifeline Canberra Acting CEO Pauline Thorneloe said, “Lifeline Canberra appreciates the contribution of all campaign partners. This campaign will support our operations, including the recruitment, training and ongoing support of our volunteer Telephone Crisis Supporters. Every beard grown or beard tax paid will fund a life changing call.”


That’s why The Cock and Crown will give any fella taking up the challenge for this great cause $15 beard trims (normally $20) and we will also give $5 from that to Lifeline. We can also answer any beard related questions you might have.

King O’Malleys are also supporting this great cause. As Peter Barclay, Managing Director of King O’Malley’s said, “I have just paid my $26 Beard Tax and encourage everyone with a beard to do the same. With increasing suicide rates in Canberra this is an important initiative which I am are proud to support. I look forward to seeing the Canberra community getting behind this campaign to help Lifeline Canberra save lives.”

I suggest you ask a mate if he needs to chat and perhaps head to King O”Malleys and get a pint of Kings Pal Ale (which is made right here in Canberra). If you can’t get into The Cock and Crown and need some advice on how to grow a beard then check out my article about what to do.

You can find Tim and The Cock and Crown barbers at Level Two Woden Centre, Woden Town Square, 1/35 Bradley St, Woden and online

If you or someone close to you needs support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or reach out online at


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