pucker up, ladies: it’s liptember!
Paint that smile and pucker up – the word on every woman’s lips this month is ‘Liptember’.
Liptember is a yearly, month-long campaign running from the 1st to the 30th of September. Just like the ever-popular November campaign, Movember, which aims to raise funds and awareness for the two biggest health issues faced by men—prostate cancer and depression—Liptember aims to do the same. (Sans focus on prostate health, of course!)
Liptember’s mission is to raise funds and awareness for women’s mental health issues, improve the health and wellbeing of all women in Australia, and gain valuable insight into those issues and the reasons behind them.
While it’s recognised that each gender has different mental health issues, research on women-specific mental health is scarce, as are education and training resources for health professionals caring for women experiencing mental health problems. The Liptember campaign hopes to change that.
Did you know that women are more susceptible to anxiety and depression than men are, with women being particularly at risk during puberty, after the birth of a child, and during menopause? In fact, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide and affects a woman’s relationships and her ability to function in society.
Worryingly, almost 1 young woman in every 3 will suffer from anxiety or depression in her lifetime, and 15% will suffer from post-natal depression. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Causes of Death Australia, 2009, suicide is the leading cause of death for Australian women under the age of 34; women are more likely to deliberately injure themselves than men; and up to 90% of people who suicide may have been experiencing a mental disorder at the time of their death.
According to Lifeline Australia, Australia’s 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention service, 800 of the 1200 calls taken daily by the organisation are from women—that’s a staggering 66%!—with the caller’s own mental health the second-highest issue discussed.
‘So how can we get involved?!’
I’m glad you asked.
1. Buy the Official Liptember Lippy by Burt’s Bees from selected counters at any Myer store nationwide—the colour is ‘hibiscus’ and it’s a lovely shade of pink;
2. Register online at www.liptember.com.au;
3. Seek sponsorship from family, friends and co-workers for wearing the lippy throughout the month of September.
All funds raised go directly to The Centre for Women’s Mental Health, Australia’s only centre for education, research and training in women’s mental health, which provides national research and programs for gender-specific mental health issues for women; and Lifeline Australia.
And with a posse of Aussie ambassadors including, Channel 9 presenter Kelly Landry, music icon Molly Meldrum, Olympic gold medallist Lydia Lassila, Celebrity Chef Philippa Sibley, and International model Alyse Co’Cliff, why wouldn’t you want to get involved?
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