Some of you know the month just ending as September. In the name of women’s mental health, we know it as Liptember. Some of you playing along on instagram, may have noticed bright lipstick replacing my usual tinted lip balm. Liptember has been a colourful and fun way of raising awareness of the really serious , dark and sometimes awkward issue that is depression and anxiety. It’s often hard to address as a friend and as a clinician, there’s still so little we understand about the human brain.
Hopefully the funds raised from donations and purchasing official Liptember lipsticks such as those I’ve been wearing from the W7 range in Chemist warehouse or Carmex (for the less lipstickally inclined) will go some way to help those who are currently suffering and able to reach out to the center for women’s mental health or lifeline. For those of you who are quietly effected or suspect a friend or family may be, please reach out to Lifeline, Beyond Blue or the black dog institute.
It’s something that has affected me personally and continues to affect the lives of people I love. Each day is a new opportunity. I hope your tomorrow is filled with light. For now I’ll enjoy the last few days of Liptember hoping to have made a difference.