Liptember Day 1 (and Sunday Best)

Today marks day 1 of Liptember and the first day of Spring. Liptember raises money for mental health research for women. As someone who has had a metal illness since I was 12, this is a fundraiser dear and near to my heart.

Miss Fairchild - Sunday Best Liptember

Did you know that most of the research into mental health is conducted on men? I didn’t either until I participated in last years Liptember. As a woman I can see some of the issues that can arise – I mean lets just take hormones for instance….

More research needs to be done and more targeted research needs to be done on women’s mental health. 

Every year Liptember raises money for The Centre for Women’s Mental Health (The Royal Women’s Hospital) by asking women to don their lippies everyday of the month of September and seek sponsorship and donations for doing so. It also gives us a chance to raise awareness about mental illness and give us a chance to talk about this subject that is still taboo.

This year I am thrilled to be a part of a team of vintage bloggers who are committed to raising awareness and funds for mental health and together we have formed the “Vintage Vixens” team.

Vintage Vixens LiptemberVintage Vixens Liptember team: Miss Fairchild, Jacinta, The Quirky Quaintrelle & Nora (click the name to go to their blogs)

SPONSOR THE VINTAGE VIXENS BY CLICKING HERE

If you have been reading for awhile you will know I am quite open about the fact that I have a mental illness. I was first diagnosed with clinical depression when I was 12 and struggle my whole life with it. Numerous suicide attempts, self harm, different medications, therapy, hospitalisations, psych ward stays and more therapy have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.

Three years ago something changed. While I had always had depression and a fair bit of anxiety, this time was different. What started as one day not being able to answer my work phone spiralled into completely withdrawing from the outside world (and killing my business in the meantime) and eventually in a total mental and physical breakdown. I spent 9 days in the psychiatric ward of my local public hospital heavily sedated and then was moved to a recovery facility (almost unheard of in the public system – the facility only has ten beds) where I spent the next three months. In that time I had been misdiagnosed as having bipolar disorder type II. A cocktail of various medications were prescribed and I was sent home. I spent the next two years so heavily sedated I couldn’t leave my bed most of the time.

I lost almost all of the friends I had before getting sick. The only people (beside hubby and the kids) who came to visit me were a client and a former employee. I never heard from anyone ever again. I know if I had been hospitalised for anything else it would have been different. But mental illness is still considered scary. This is why we need to talk about mental illness.

Miss Fairchild - Sunday BestLiptember Day 1 – Revlon “Liptember Red” 

At the start of the year I saved up my pennies to see a top psychiatrist. As a public patient I had never spent more than 5 minutes with one and I wanted a proper assessment. It turns out I don’t have bipolar at all – but I do have “Generalised Anxiety Disorder” which when really, really bad manifests itself in a manic like state. With a proper diagnosis I was able to get unsaturated, get off the medications that were not appropriate for me and try something new. I have been prescribed antidepressants for years and they have never helped (in fact cone suicide attempt was after 6 months on an antidepressant that not only didn’t work, it made me feel worse). I was so reluctant to try a new one as I also tend to self harm while on antidepressants as they leave me feeling numb. But after talking to me she recommended we try a different type of medication. About eight weeks ago I realised I wasn’t depressed any more. It was the weirdest thing ever. I still had a full range of emotions from happy to sad – but I was no longer depressed. Over six months on those meds before it truly started to make a difference – but it did. Thanks to new research and new forms of drugs I was finally able to get some help (unfortunately the anxiety is still a work in progress). This is why we need research.

Miss Fairchild Sunday Best

My dress was blowing in the breeze….

I really hope you will support the Vintage Vixens by DONATING HERE

Now my Sunday Best….

Miss Fairchild Sunday Best

Sheer Blue Vintage Dress – Bombshell Vintage

Vintage Boater  – Etsy (re-trimmed by me)

Vintage Daisy Brooch – Etsy

Ballet Flats – WIttner

Fully Fashioned Nylons – Gio

Miss Fairchild - Sunday Best

How sweet is the embroidery detail on the bodice of the dress?

Miss Fairchild - Sunday Best

I looooooove this boater. It was originally trimmed in black velvet and not at all summery….not anymore!

I really hope you will support the Vintage Vixens by DONATING HERE

But you can also support Liptember by popping out the the “Chemist Warehouse” and buying one of the Revlon Liptember lipsticks (all profits go to Liptember), blogging about Liptember and mental illness, blogging/tweeting/instagramming the Vintage Vixens Liptember LINK – https://www.liptember.com.au/vintage.vixens

Each day we will be instagraming ourselves in our lipsticks as a reminder. The other Vintage Vixens will be blogging soon about their own experiences with mental illness.

I want to send you all lots of love and thanks – you have all been so supportive of me when I have talked about mental illness. It means a lot.

Miss Fairchild xoxo

 

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22 Responses to Liptember Day 1 (and Sunday Best)

  1. I respect you so much for being so honest and not hiding the reality of mental illness. It’s totally inspirational and inspiring. I’m glad that you were able to see someone and get the right diagnosis. And I hope that through your love of vintage you continue to make even more friends who won’t judge you and walk away.
    I am totally going to sponsor the Vintage Vixens, and what a fab fun way to raise money for a good cause.

    I love your Sunday best, I’m a bit jealous that your getting your summer dresses out and I’m putting mine away for the winter! Looking forward to seeing more of your summer wardrobe. Xxx

  2. Wow, another year has gone?! Geeeeeez. Go Liptember!!!

  3. Lisa says:

    Hello,
    I am a fairly new subscriber to your blog so the fact that you have mental illness was a surprise to me. It’s very open and honest of you to reveal this. I also have mental illness – OCD, generalized anxiety, depression and panic disorder. I appreciate your bravery to tell your story. It certainly makes me feel less alone and I’m sure others too. I wish you well and I hope your treatment is working better for you than it has in the past. Best wishes!

    • Hi Lovely,

      I have very mild ocd, generalised anxiety disorder and clinical depression (oh an chronic anxiety related insomnia) so I know how tough it can be and how isolating these illnesses can be. (((((hugs)))))

  4. Helga says:

    Brillant, I shall make a contribution one way or another, although is is only for Australia. Research is SO important, and any moves forward there can only help the rest of us!
    Excellent post, no drama, just facts. You’re a brave lassie! Anti depressants are revolting; I have had a brief experience with them, and they were not my cup of tea. Lucky for me, I do not have an ongoing issue that requires such medication.
    Love this frock, and especially your expression-it reminds me of my cat Peepers when she is disgruntled!!!
    XXX

  5. Teresa says:

    Such a great cause Jess, happy to support you love ladies!

    Love your dress too. Very spring!

  6. The Quirky Quaintrelle says:

    Reblogged this on The Quirky Quaintrelle.

  7. Kayla says:

    How wonderful!!!! You look lovely too! Great dress! x

  8. Sesame says:

    I’m really sorry to hear that you had such a rough time but I’m glad that you finally got help and are starting to feel better! I would love to sponsor the Vintage Vixens as I know how important research on mental health on women is. Unfortunately, it seems this is only possible for those living in Australia as I can’t change the country in the billing address… Maybe there’s another way?

    This is a really nice dress you’re wearing there! The colour suits you very well and what a cute hat! I like the summery ribbon. Nicely done! 🙂

    ~ Sesame

  9. urban hounds says:

    I think its absolutely wonderful that you are talking about your illness. The discomfort people have with mental illness is a huge problem and the fact that so few people recieve quality psychiatric care is a crime. Having a mental illness is no different from having a physical illness.

    kate

  10. Cassie says:

    If this question isn’t too personal…What medication do you take now? I’m just very curious because I currently take Cipramil but don’t think it’s working anymore…

    Cassie

    • Hi Cassie,

      I am more than happy to discuss what medications I am on – but I am not a doctor and different medications work for different people. If you feel your medication is no longer working you should discuss it with your doctor.

      I personally am on Lexapro (anti depressant), Seroquel (anti psychotic) and zopiclone (sleep medication for anxiety related sleep issues. It has taken me years and years of trial and error with medications to find the right one that works for me. If you can afford it I highly recommend seeing a psychiatrist in your area who specialises in whatever mental health issues you have. This made the biggest difference for me after years of gps.

      Good luck and if you ever need to talk feel free to email me at misssabrinafairchild@gmail.com

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