Bereaved husband urges men to look for menopause symptoms

A bereaved husband has urged men to recognise signs of mental health symptoms linked to the menopause.

Linda Salmon, 56, took her own life last April after her anxiety worsened during the Covid pandemic.

Her husband David said he had not realised the menopause could cause suicidal thoughts.

Mr Salmon, from Keighley, West Yorkshire, told the BBC: “The physical side of symptoms you might see, but the mental ones are hidden.”


He said a feature aired on the BBC’s Look North programme after his wife’s death led him to realise how the menopause could affect mental health.

Diane Danzebrink, quoted in the BBC’s news coverage, said it was “no coincidence” that figures published by the Samaritans showed the highest rate of suicide among women was between the ages of 45 to 54.

“The vast majority of women will be peri-menopausal by the age of 45, the average age of menopause is 51.

“It’s become absolutely clear to those who work and campaign and advocate in this area that this is simply not a coincidence.” she added.

Mr Salmon said he now wanted to help other partners and families spot symptoms so he can prevent others from suffering as he has.

“We need to talk about it and make people aware. It’s the mental side of it, not just the physical side,” he said.

“If you are in a similar situation, I would say help your wife, hold her hand, get her through it.

“You don’t want to be where I am today, nobody needs to do that.”   Read more on the BBC news site.

There is also coverage of this story on the Daily Mail website.