Where your funds were used in 2011
The Centre for Women's Mental Health
With the funds raised by Liptember in 2011 the CWMH have been able to establish
an antenatal psycho-education program, providing specialist information on:
The management of mental health issues during the perinatal period (the phase
that occurs during or pertaining to the phase surrounding the time of birth, from
the 20th week of gestation to the 28th day of newborn life) And the adjustment to motherhood
The aim of this program is to promote early detection of mental health issues, reduce
the severity of postnatal depression, and promote secure attachment between mother
and infant.This will be achieved through the program educating pregnant women and
their partners about their vulnerability to depression and anxiety, with the aim
of enabling early detection of a relapse of mental illness and potentially earlier
access to treatment.
Funding from Liptember has supported the development and testing of the program, including the development of treatment manuals. Importantly, these manuals can be used to train clinicians in other settings to deliver this intervention, so making it available to a wider range of women ‘at risk’ of postnatal depression.
After working closely with Lifeline, Liptember is proud to announce that funds raised in 2011 directly trained an additional 4 telephone crisis supporters in a certificate IV in Telephone Counselling. This has allowed Lifeline to answer an additional 1350 calls, 75% being from Australian women.
Lifeline wishes to acknowledge and thank the Liptember team for including Lifeline as a beneficiary for their 2011 fundraising campaign.
Brendan Maher Director – Sustainability for Lifeline says, "It's comforting knowing that Australians in need of support have access to Lifeline's 13 11 14 crisis support service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our crisis volunteers provide a safe and non-judgmental service where anyone can talk through their problems and be provided with informed choices to help them cope."