PUCKER UP: Tiana Kiss of Goonellabah is taking part in Liptember to raise funds and awareness for women’s mental health issues.
PUCKER UP: Tiana Kiss of Goonellabah is taking part in Liptember to raise funds and awareness for women’s mental health issues. Cathy Adams

Move over Movember - here comes Liptember

A GOONELLABAH woman is kissing women's mental health issues goodbye this month by participating in Liptember.

Tiana Kiss (yes, her surname matches the cause) has committed to wear lipstick every day for the month to raise awareness of women's mental health issues.

Ms Kiss said Liptember, an initiative of Lifeline and the Centre for Women's Mental Health, is a way women can get involved in a month-long awareness cause "like Movember".

"I didn't wear lipstick before, but it brings attention to a good cause when people see me and ask about it," she said.

Ms Kiss wanted to participate in Liptember after her best friend experienced depression.

"I got involved after my best friend went through depression and received help from Lifeline, so I know what a great charity it is," Ms Kiss said.

"Women's health issues are all around us and are such a common thing."

Ms Kiss is determined to wear her coloured lipstick every day, despite her partner's cringe when she kisses him goodbye.

"He's started saying, 'I'll just kiss you on the cheek instead' so he doesn't get lipstick on his face," Ms Kiss said jokingly.

Conversely, she said the response from other women has been overwhelmingly positive.

"I've been wearing lipstick to work every day and so many women have been coming up and telling me how great it looks."

Ms Kiss has raised $190 over four days and hopes to raise $500 by the end of September.

All money raised will go to Lifeline and the Centre for Women's Mental Health who conduct research and programs for women's mental health issues.

Get involved

Groups and individuals still have time to register to participate in Liptember at http://www.liptember.com.au.



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