I’ve often written about Mental health being just as important as physical health. So much emphasis is placed upon keeping fit and healthy physically but having good mental health should be part of our health and wellness program. To some, mental health issues is still a taboo subject and unfortunately, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2007 National Survey of Mental Health, 1 in 5 Australians will experience mental illness.
Life is so busy and with longer working hours, family responsibilities, pressures of mortgages and cost of living means that more of us are feeling stressed, anxious and even suffer from depression. Not to mention body image issues, women coping with menopause and retirement or losing a loved one.
According to the Black Dog Institute, 54% of people will not seek help for mental illness. Suicide rates are on the increase, especially in men who find it difficult to express their feelings.
We have all seen different campaigns to raise awareness for many things –
- Dry July, for example which raises funds to treat alcoholism,
- Movember for Prostate Cancer awareness,
- Pink Ribbon day to raise awareness for breast cancer,
- Steptember to encourage us all to reach 10,000 steps each day.
There are many different charities all fighting for attention to raise awareness for their cause and unfortunately the message can get lost.
I came across a new campaign, Liptember which I wanted to highlight for the month of September. Last year I supported Steptember.
Liptember – Targeting Women’s Mental Health Issues
Liptember is a campaign to focus on raising awareness in the community of Women’s Mental Health Issues as most of the health research focuses on Men’s Mental Health.
I admit that in the past I have suffered from mild depression and it is so easy to become overwhelmed in life and feel that there is nothing to look forward to.
The idea of Liptember is to purchase a lipstick from participating outlets such as Chemist Warehouse, My Chemist or Beauty Spot Store and wear it every day for the month of September. You are also encouraged to raise funds through sponsorship from family, friends and work colleagues. Funds raised will be donated to Centre of Women’s Mental Health, Lifeline, Batyr, RUOK?, The Jean Hailes Foundation and The Pretty Foundation.
I’m going to purchase a lippy and post on Instagram each day in September. You may have already seen some of my photos, so follow me on Instagram and check them out.
For those living in Australia why not join me? Anyone can donate on line.
If you would like to learn more about Liptember here is the link to their website: https://www.liptember.com.au/about
If you are feeling low or life just seems to hard talk to someone or make an appointment with your GP. There is no shame in asking for help and there is support for you so don’t be afraid to speak up.
If you feel good but can see a friend might need some help, a simple ‘Are your okay?’ can sometimes make all the difference.