Wanted: Aussie blokes to grow beards in support of beyondblue

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OK all you lads in mining, oil and gas - here's the perfect excuse to get lazy with the shaver and grow that manly beard you've always wanted.

More than 20 men across Australia are already letting their beards grow untamed for the rest of the year to raise awareness of depression and anxiety and funds for beyondblue.

Darwin mates Anthony Jowett and Kevin Perry were the first to take on the challenge with clean-shaven faces on January 1, following a friendly bet on who could grow the bushiest beard in 12 months. Anthony and Kevin decided to use their efforts to raise funds for beyondblue.

The pair has now been joined by about 25 other men around Australia and the group (known as the Bearded Brotherz) has already raised more than $5000 for beyondblue. They now hope to raise more than $10,000 by the time they shave at the end of the year.

Anthony, who is an engineering consultant, said he and Kevin feel very strongly about raising awareness of depression and anxiety after a mutual close friend took his own life while experiencing depression last year. He says he hopes his beard will also spark casual conversations about depression and anxiety.

For more information on how to join or to donate to the Bearded Brotherz, visit give.everydayhero.com/au/brotherz

If people are having a tough time, they can contact trained mental health counsellors at the beyondblue Support Service via phone on 1300 22 4636 or via www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support for online chat or email responses. The Support Service is partly funded by donations from the Movember Foundation.


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