This dropped into my inbox on Saturday and it moved me to tears.
As many of you know I recently announced that Menopause Support has been registered as a not for profit organisation to enable us to seek funding to help more women who are struggling to get the right help and support during menopause.
Claire’s £100 donation and message made me cry partly because of her generosity, but mainly out of frustration because we should not be in a situation where women have to rely on support groups and services to get the help they need to save their lives which are being blighted by menopause symptoms.
If you are not angry about this, you should be, maybe not for you but for your daughters, granddaughters, nieces, wives, partners, mothers, grandmothers etc.
Currently in the U.K. the greatest risk of suicide among women is in the 45-54 age range, while the vast majority of women will be perimenopausal by the time they are 45 years old. One woman in four will experience debilitating symptoms severely affecting her quality of life.
You might feel that there is nothing that you can do but there is, you can sign and share the #makemenopausematter campaign petition, you can donate to the fundraiser, you can write to your local MP and the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) to raise your concerns, or you can share information with your friends and colleagues.
PLEASE don’t stay silent on this issue, this is happening in the U.K. and around the world today. ‘One person can make a difference and everyone should try’
My huge thanks to Claire for giving her blessing for me to share.