6 March 2019 - Minds@Work LIVE - Personal Stories of the Menopause

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The menopause is a normal stage of life that every single woman will experience.

How will you know when you hit the menopause? No one will send you an official letter of notification. On the contrary, your GP may not even recognise your symptoms and may treat you for depression instead. It happens all the time.

Here’s the truth that no one talks about: the menopause brings more than just an occasional hot flush; some women experience significant anxiety, mental fog, forgetfulness and inability to concentrate, along with a long list of physical symptoms that affect their self-confidence and ability to work. In fact, 1 in 4 women think about giving up work when they feel this way and 10% follow through and quit their jobs.

If women knew what the menopause really felt like, they could seek a timely diagnosis and make an educated choice about the right treatment. For those that suffer severe symptoms, an education could save their career, their relationship or even their life.

According to the Office for National Statistics, the age group for women with the highest suicide rate per 100,000 in the U.K is 50-54, and the average age of the menopause is 51.

Minds@Work knows that personal stories can save lives. This special Minds@Work LIVE event will open up a discussion that has been taboo for far too long. We welcome a wide audience of women and men of all ages, because the menopause touches the lives of everyone, either directly or through colleagues and loved ones.

Speakers include:

  • Kathy Abernethy, Chair of the British Menopause Society - a menopause nurse specialist and one of the UK’s most revered educators - author of Menopause, the One Stop Guide

  • Diane Danzebrink, Therapist & Menopause Campaigner - provides workshops to businesses, educates managers and empowers employees to take control of their own menopause symptoms

  • Jane Lewis, Author of Me and My Menopausal Vagina - shares her experiences so you don't feel as alone as she did

  • Jo McEwan and Ann Stephens - Founders of Positive Pause - empowers women to be the best they can be, in menopause and beyond.

  • Harriet Beveridge - brings levity to the conversation with her solo comedy piece, “Menopause”; recently performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Date and Venue: 6 March 2019, arrival from 6pm, hosted by Wavemaker in South Bank, London

April Doty