What a year it has been for all things menopause!
Yesterday, when I was trawling through my phone for pics I realised just how much has happened in 2019 (an important reminder to pause and reflect before we move on.)
The year began with a long awaited meeting in Westminster with Rachel Maclean and Jackie Doyle Price where myself and others set out the issues facing women and what needs to happen at national level to ensure better care and support for the future. I have been in and out of Westminster campaigning many times over the past 12 months and was back in October to raise more awareness for the campaign. I was thrilled to learn that we achieved our first aim in July of having menopause included in the new RSE curriculum.
There have been highs and lows – and there will continue to be many frustrating times – but their have also been some amazing opportunities to educate, inform and support including speaking at conferences for women, for doctors and nurses and for wellbeing professionals in all parts of the U.K and Ireland, plus workshops and training for employers culminating in being asked to deliver the closing keynote speech at the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy illustrating why menopause matters in the therapy room.
Menopause has featured heavily in the media this year and I have been delighted to be invited to appear on various programmes on TV, Radio and Podcast’s including This Morning, BBC Breakfast and BBC Radio 5 Live. Print media has also taken a greater interest in menopause and there have been lots of opportunities to contribute this year.
Huge thanks to everybody who continues to support and share the campaign. We now have over 90k signatures on the petition!
and I will be back on the campaign trail alongside passionate friends and colleagues in 2020. Onwards and upwards team! Wishing you all a very Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year x