Break­ing down taboos as menopause cafe comes to town

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

A menopause café will be held in Perth next month aimed at break­ing down taboos over the sub­ject.

In­spired by broadcaste­r Kirsty Wark’s re­cent TV doc­u­men­tary on the sub­ject, the free event will be hosted by Perth­based Rowan Con­sul­tancy.

The café will be held on Monday June 12, be­tween 6 and 8pm in the Blend Cof­fee Lounge.

Rachel Weiss, one of the founders of Rowan Con­sul­tancy, said: “The Menopause Café is aimed at women and men of all ages who would like to come along and talk about the menopause, to share their sto­ries, ex­pe­ri­ences and ques­tions.

“Ev­ery­thing we do at Rowan is un­der­pinned by com­mu­ni­ca­tion and, hav­ing used this for­mat suc­cess­fully to dis­cuss the sim­i­larly taboo topic of death, we thought the menopause would be another topic to ex­plore, and en­cour­age con­ver­sa­tion around.

“Un­for­tu­nately, many women feel that they should just get on with the menopause, with some never talk­ing to their friends of fam­ily about it.

“How­ever, the real­ity is that it af­fects all women even­tu­ally, not for­get­ting those who live and spend time with them.”

She con­tin­ued: “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,”

In ad­di­tion to Ms Weiss, the event is be­ing or­gan­ised by Lorna Fother­ing­ham, Andy San­well and Gail Jack.

Ms Fother­ing­ham said: “When I saw the orig­i­nal Face­book post re­gard­ing this idea, I thought how bril­liant it was that some­one was think­ing of do­ing some­thing lo­cally.”

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