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Menopause: A hot topic for everyone

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How do you engage traditionally male-dominated industries to talk about the menopause?  

You ask Laughology’s menopause expert, Stephanie Davies, of course, and invite Dave Keeling, our male menopause expert along too.  

Breaking taboos and demystifying the subject is key to helping people understand it. Humour is a great way to engage audiences and whilst the menopause is a serious subject, our expertise at delivering messages using humour helps break barriers in hard to reach audiences. 

This month Laughology was invited to partner with RBS, Coutts, Natwest and Sky Sports to share information about the menopause and how to create menopause-friendly cultures. Stephanie’s background in psychology, as well as her own early menopause experience, adds insight. 

The menopause affects a range of people, from those going through it, to their families and colleagues. It can be a challenging time for everyone. 

Our sessions discuss the symptoms and signs and invite sensitive and helpful conversations to help people know where best to go for guidance, such as NICE.   

We also discuss what role workplaces can play and their duties to employees, as the rights of people going through the menopause are protected by the Equality Act 2010. 

We’re not medical experts at Laughology but we do work with medical professionals. What we do know here at Laughology is talking about the menopause and supporting people going through it doesn’t need medical qualifications.  Recent research by the Royal College of London found there are three important things people going through the menopause want organisations to do: 

  • Support employers and managers to know what menopause is
  • Understand the nature of symptoms and the potential impact of the work environment on menopausal symptoms and provide support, if needed
  • Managers to show respect, to listen and to take concerns seriously. Communication skills are essential.

 

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn/depts/psychology/research/ResearchGroupings/healthpsych/research-group/menos

 

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