Posted: Friday, February 7th, 2020

Menopause awareness and management a priority for Women’s task force 2020!

I was recently invited to attend the stakeholder’s forum of the Women’s Task force at the Department of Health. Credit has to be given to the Department and the Minister for Health Simon Harris for developing this innovative initiative in 2019, the first of its kind in Europe. The World Health Organisation points to gender as a social determinant of health. Women’s health for too long has not been prioritised, the women’s task force seeks to address health issues of importance to women in Ireland. It is a collaboration between the Department, women, professionals, and academics with a remit to develop effective policies and initiatives.

It was fantastic to learn that Menopause and its management has been chosen as one of its top priority areas to focus on over the next year. More and more conversations are opening up about this life stage,a time which can lead to immense power, opportunity and positivity for many women once they pro-actively manage symptoms. From listening to contributions from Orla O’Conner (Chairperson, National Women’s Council of Ireland) and Peggy McGee (Director General of the European Institute of Women’s Health) along with participating in the interactive focus groups on menopause, it is becoming evident that Midlife Women in Ireland are finding their voice, we may be the first generation to do so, who knows where it will lead?

What women are saying

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    Angie Co. Cork

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    MaryCareer in Transition, Co Meath

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    Brenda - Business Owner, Co. Waterford

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    Niamh - Limerick

  • I highly recommend this 6-week course to any woman wanting to understand menopause and themselves. I personally found it brilliant. It gave me back my confidence in myself. I met a group of open-minded women. There is nowhere women can go to talk with other women about this time in our lives. I have learned not to let menopause define me. I always had thought of it negatively, would never have seen it as a time to open up to new possibilities and opportunities. Breeda covers everything you need to know over the 6 weeks.”

    Anna

  • This programme has helped me become more relaxed and empowered around menopause. I have a great GP and am taking HRT. It’s the information sharing with a group of like-minded women that is very powerful at this time of my life. The course was shared by Breeda in a fun and light-hearted way which reduces any stress or anxiety that one may have. I now have a better understanding of myself with lots of strategies to manage symptoms and would highly recommend this course.”

    Jennifer

  • I would highly recommend this 6-week course. I received so much support from Breeda and the group. It gave me the confidence to move forward. I learned about the physical, mental and spiritual changes that occur during menopause and it all made so much sense. My relationship with myself has grown and I understand so much more now. I feel positive and very optimistic about the future.

    Sinead

  • Attending this 6 week course was a hugely empowering experience. knowledge and education is certainly power. Meeting other women all in the same phase of life supporting one another was fantastic. I learned I have the power and strength to tackle, control and handle my menopause journey my way. I would hghly recommend this course so much. It has enabked me to move forward.

    Gay

  • Before I met Breeda and started this course, I never had a serious conversation about menopause with anyone. I had very little knowledge about menopause. It is either an embarrassing or a comical subject for conversation. Attending the cafes and 6-week course has been life changing. I now know so much more about menopause and understand myself so much better. I have become more pro-active with my health and am looking forward to the next phase of my life. Every woman deserves this information.

    Elaine

  • Breeda has a great way of imparting information. I really enjoyed the 6-week programme and would highly recommend it to any woman who may be curious about what menopause is really all about.

    Ger