Detective Constable Keeley Mansell found herself experiencing the menopause without any support. So she created it for herself and her colleagues. Her efforts have earned her the National Women in Policing award.
Speaking about the award, the detective said: “I am delighted and so grateful to receive such a prestigious award.
“Having written policy and guidance around such a taboo subject, the menopause, I hope other women will achieve their goals, knowing they will now have the support and guidance required within the police service.”
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The Menopause Project holds 12 week workshops for women to come together, share their experiences, and learn various coping strategies. Here’s what some of our previous workshop participants had to say on the subject of menopause and work:
One woman on the effect of taking the workshop and her willingness to discuss the subject at work:
I do think it’s important to chat, and that’s what I’ve been doing to other people in the opportunity I do get, I’m always talking about the menopause. And I think it’s a little bit over the top, but I’m just trying to get it out in the open, so that other people know, particularly in my workplace, that if anyone wants to talk about the menopause or if they have a little something they want to get out in the open- and that’s what I have been doing- and I’m finding that a lot more at work, people are talking about it, particularly the ladies. And also, when I sit, I sit with the guys, that they’re saying “oh what have you learned last week because I’m a bit over the top anyway *laughter* perhaps they might be wanting to talk to their partners or girlfriends or whatever but are just sort of talking and getting it out; and I’m finding that I feel a bit more confident talking about it as opposed to 12 weeks ago.
Another on finding no one to talk with at work:
There was no feedback at all. Some of them would be be like “oh, don’t want to talk about that” because I don’t want to even register that I’m old or dried up or am on the shelf, it was all “oh no don’t you come here talking about that sort of thing!” *laughter* and so I sort of like plotted out and tried to find information myself basically. And then ended up here.
A third woman found her emotions interfering with her work:
Well, at the beginning, because I didn’t know what it was. And I was having these ups and downs with my emotions. And suddenly not being able to deal with, like, work situations, as well as I used to. And just feeling terrible. Having real moments of feeling awful, really really awful.