TAFE teacher to wear wild lipstick for a cause

GIVING SOME LIP: Michaeli Talbot says her growing concern for women’s mental health issues convinced her to take part in Liptember.

GIVING SOME LIP: Michaeli Talbot says her growing concern for women’s mental health issues convinced her to take part in Liptember.

WEARING vividly coloured lipstick in public might attract some curious glances, but Wagga’s Michaeli Talbot says she’s happy to endure them in support of a good cause.

The local TAFE NSW staff member is taking part in ‘Liptember’, a fundraising and awareness campaign aimed at improving women’s mental health.

Ms Talbot said she was motivated to take part in Liptember for the first time in 2014 when she discovered the statistics around women’s mental health.

“The statistics are pretty horrible,” she said.

“One of the statistics that really affected me and encouraged me to be involved in Liptember is that suicide is the biggest single cause of death for Australian women aged 18 to 34.”

To help raise awareness of women’s mental health and the services available, she will wear bright, colourful lipstick every day during September.

“I’ve got blue, purple, red, fuchsia, yellow and green,” she said. 

Last year, Ms Talbot raised more than $500, and she’s hoping to raise a similar amount this time around. Funds are donated to the Centre for Women’s Mental Health and Lifeline.

To contribute to herLiptember fundraising efforts, visit www.liptember.com.au/michaeli-talbot.

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