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November 22, 2022

Pause to understand the menopause

Statistics say that a million women leave the workforce at any one time due to debilitating symptoms of perimenopause. In desperation, some women reduce their working hours, hoping to be less fatigued and less visible. Some take protracted periods of sick leave, feeling depressed and suddenly incompetent. Some avoid promotion despite significant skills, experience and capability because symptoms of brain fog, reduced concentration, anxiety, panic attacks, imposter syndrome, self-doubt and the practical difficulties of managing heavy bleeding in the workplace cause distress and embarrassment.

One woman told me: “It is easier to fade out of the workplace than to pursue a career“.

Our health and care workforce has never been so critical, so we must wholeheartedly address the issues that impact the wellbeing of our most precious asset: our people.

Please raise awareness in your teams, support managers to hold better conversations, and work towards #TeamLeeds being an accredited, menopause friendly health and care sector, where we live, work, learn and experience inevitable life stages together.

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Emma Heeson
Associate Director of People Engagement,
Team Leeds Hearts and Minds programme