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First Highland menopause café event set to take place next month in bid to dispel myths and the taboo around later stages of life

By Alan Shields

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Open to council staff and elected members of all genders and all ages, Menopause Café will be held virtually between 12.30 and 13.30 on August 4.
Open to council staff and elected members of all genders and all ages, Menopause Café will be held virtually between 12.30 and 13.30 on August 4.

A coffee break aimed at breaking down the taboo around menopause is to be held next month.

Highland Council hopes the event will increase awareness around the issue when it holds a menopause café on August 4.

It will be held virtually between 12.30pm and 1.30pm via Microsoft Teams and will be open to council staff and elected members.

The event follows the world’s first menopause café held in Perth in 2017.

Rachel Weiss, founder of the charity behind the movement, said: “Unfortunately, many people feel that they should just ‘get on with’ the menopause, with some never talking to their friends of family about it.

"People can come along and just listen, or join in on the discussions, hopefully leaving with a clearer sense of the impact of the menopause on those who are experiencing it, alongside their families, friends and colleagues.”

Highland Council’s chief executive, Donna Manson, said: “Highland Council has for some years now recognised the impact that menopause can have on its employees since introducing menopause in the workplace presentations and guidance in 2019 to help raise awareness among staff.

"We are delighted that the menopause café charity is taking up the challenge of educating and informing people (women and men) on the effects that menopause can have on people’s working lives and what can be done to support them.

"It’s important that this message is for everyone so that a better understanding in the workplace is achieved.”

Councillor David Fraser, chair of health, social care and wellbeing committee, added: “It is good to see menopause being discussed more openly within the council. Menopause can impact on all our lives.

"The health and wellbeing of staff and elected members is central to the organisation.

Charity patron Kirsty Wark said: “I am delighted to have been asked to be a patron of this new charity which is dedicated to get everyone talking about the menopause. This is the way to a healthier, happier future”.

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Highland Council staff and elected members are invited to register their interest in attending this virtual event by contacting: healthsafety.andwellbeing@highland.gov.uk

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