Menopause support groups start for school staff
Evolution Academy Trust has created a network of support and information groups where staff can discuss and learn more about the menopause.
Three schools in Evolution Academy Trust – Eaton Primary, Elm Tree Primary and Wensum Junior School – are running pilot sessions which will see any staff members interested in knowing more about the menopause come together for informal sessions once a month after school.
Symptoms of the menopause and perimenopause (the time before the menopause begins) can have a big effect on the life of anyone who has periods, including impacting relationships and work.
The pilot scheme, named Evolve, has been developed in response to staff feedback showing that people would like more support and information about what can often be a difficult and challenging period in their lives.
The intention is to roll out the programme to all 12 schools in the Trust, with the possibility of a large joint event in the future.
Kate Estlea, Headteacher at Eaton Primary School, said: “I am very pleased to be one of the schools piloting this exciting new project. There are so many benefits of coming together to discuss the menopause, such as emotional support and sharing coping strategies – providing a safe space for people to share concerns, experiences and emotions associated with menopause.
“This all helps reduce that feeling of being alone and alleviates stress, as well as an improved culture and awareness - understanding and acknowledging the challenges menopause can bring in the workplace so that it is more inclusive and relationships are better.”
Menopause is when your periods stop due to lower hormone levels. It usually affects women between the ages of 45 and 55, but it can happen earlier. Menopause and perimenopause can cause symptoms like anxiety, mood swings, brain fog, hot flushes and irregular periods. These symptoms can start years before your periods stop and carry on afterwards, and can have a big impact on your life, including relationships and work.