Students at a leading public school will learn about menopause to help them become “considerate” young men, it was revealed today.
Harrow School, which charges £ 43,665 a year, hired a social media influencer to teach the boys ‘the change’.
The move is designed to demystify what the students’ mothers, parents and teachers might be going through.
Next term, 160 sixth-grade students will participate in the interactive workshop with Lesley Salem, a ‘menopause influencer’ and founder of Over The Bloody Moon (OTBM), an online community and business designed to ‘eliminate chaos. menopause ”.
Next term, 160 sixth graders will participate in the interactive workshop with Lesley Salem, pictured, a “menopause influencer”
Harrow School (pictured), which charges £ 43,665 a year, hired a social media influencer to teach the boys ‘the change’
The workshop will highlight the changes women are going through, drawing parallels with puberty.
The adolescents will participate in an empathy exercise called “in her shoes”.
Ms Salem, 49, told The Times: “They will have a mother, an aunt, a teacher going through menopause right now – in the future, they will be partners, friends and colleagues.”
Simon Sampson, head of personal, social, health and economic education (PHSE) at Harrow, added that teaching students about menopause would help “the Harrow boys grow up as considerate young men, compassionate partners and more understanding colleagues. “.
Ms. Salem is one of a growing number of women trying to de-stigmatize menopause and raise awareness of the debilitating symptoms many suffer from.
TV presenter Davina McCall, reporter Mariella Frostrup, the Countess of Wessex and Meg Matthews, Oasis singer’s ex-wife Noel Gallagher all spoke about their experiences.
Students at the main public school will learn about menopause to help them become “considerate” young men (stock image)
Earlier this year, TV presenter Gabby Logan, 47, called on men to learn more about menopause.
Speaking to Jeremy Vine, she said: “I feel like if a man was going through all of this I think we would probably be able to get HRT (hormone replacement therapy) from vending machines.
Labor MP Carolyn Harris has also led a campaign that has helped the government reduce the cost of repeat prescriptions for HRT in England.
Menopause – when a woman stops having her period – normally begins between the ages of 45 and 55, with the average age of menopause being 51.
In Britain, around 13 million women were peri or postmenopausal in 2016.
Symptoms of menopause often include trouble sleeping, hot flashes, increased anxiety, bad mood, loss of libido, and bladder problems. However, some women have admitted to being pushed to the brink of suicide.
The workshop will highlight the changes women are going through, drawing parallels with puberty. The teens will participate in an empathy exercise called “in her shoes” (stock image)
Diane Danzebrink, who started the #MakeMenopauseMatter campaign, told The Times that a hysterectomy in 2012 triggered early menopause, which left her in a “dark and scary place.”
She admits to being “a hair’s breadth away from driving in front of a truck” before her family intervenes. She was put on HRT.
Meanwhile, David Salmon today called on men to better recognize the signs of poor mental health in their menopausal partners after losing his wife for 41 years.
Linda Salmon, 56, from Keighley, West Yorkshire, committed suicide last April after her anxiety suffered at the start of the first nationwide lockdown.
Mr Salmon believes the menopause contributed significantly to her poor mental health and said the pandemic “pushed her to the limit”.
Data from the Samaritans shows that the highest suicide rate among women is between 45 and 54 years old.
Harrow School was founded in 1572 under a Royal Charter granted by Queen Elizabeth 1.
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