Later-life depression and anxiety is one of the major mental health problems of this century. With the Australian population now including a larger proportion of older women than ever before, it's essential that research and programs are put in place to help women through this potentially challenging time.
Thanks to a partnership with Liptember, a campaign that educates the community on women's mental health and also raises funds towards specific mental health programs, a new way of approaching women's mental health is now possible. An innovative new project will explore what keeps older women mentally healthy as they age.
"Jean Hailes for Women's Health is proud to be partnering with Liptember," says Janet Michelmore AO, Executive Director of Jean Hailes for Women's Health."It's the first time that a project such as this has been done in Australia."
Using Jean Hailes' vast network of research and expertise in the mental health arena, in combination with funding from Liptember, this research will start in October.
"We want to find out what determines good mental health in older women," says Professor Jane Fisher, Director of the Jean Hailes Research Unit and a globally recognised expert in women's mental health."It's vital we understand what keeps older women mentally well. We know that good mental health supports good physical health."
The evidence from the research will lead to the development of resources and programs that will be shared with health workers and men and women in the community.
"Liptember are incredibly proud to be partnering with the Jean Hailes Foundation in 2017," says Luke Morris, Managing Director, Liptember. "This partnership will allow the campaign to further support women's mental health and impact the lives of women across the country. We're especially excited to be funding a national research project around the mental health of older women."
Traditionally ageing has been regarded as a process of inevitable decline of health, capabilities and engagement, says Prof. Fisher. "We need to think differently."
Jean Hailes encourages people to get behind the work of Liptember. In September, women are encouraged to buy a Liptember lipstick from participating retailers, register online and gain sponsorship for wearing the lipstick.
For more information contact Janelle Carrigan on 0409 939 920 or [email protected].