What is Liptember?
A campaign dedicated to raising funds and awareness for women's mental health.
Liptember sell official lipsticks throughout participating retailers and encourage women register online and seek sponsorship from family, friends and co-workers for committing to wear the Liptember Lipstick throughout the month of September.
Funds raised during the month of September are donated to the Centre for Women's Mental Health and Lifeline.
WHO ARE LIPTEMBER?
Liptember, are a demographically and socially diverse group of women and men committed to raising awareness of women's health equity and funding to create long-term support.
Our priority is to improve the health of all Australian women who take on a myriad of responsibilities as mothers, grandmothers, sisters, daughters, wives and partners. One of our goals here at Liptember is to improve the health of Australian women, which will subsequently improve the overall health and wellbeing of the whole community.
WHY WOMEN'S MENTAL HEALTH?
Currently, the majority of mental health research is focused on men's mental health, with the findings applied to both men and women. This has resulted in a number of programs and prevention strategies that are unable to fully assist the mental health needs of the female population. The Liptember campaign hopes to change that.
- One in three women will suffer from anxiety.
- One in five women in Australia will experience depression.
- Postnatal depression affects 15% of women within the first year of childbirth.
- Depression and anxiety can happen at any time, but women are more likely to experience these conditions during pregnancy and the early months after birth.
- Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australian women aged 18 to 34.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD is twice as high in women than in males.
- Up to 90% of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa occur in women.
- 36% of pregnant women experience domestic violence.
- 1 in 3 women have experienced physical violence since the age of 15.
- 1 in 4 women have experienced emotional abuse from a current or former partner.
- 73% of women have experienced more than one incident of violence.
- There is little mental health research based on women.
- Women are more susceptible to anxiety and depression than men.