NATIONAL menopause campaigner Diane Danzebrink will be taking part in an Understanding Menopause Q&A at Solihull Radio on Saturday (November 30).
Up to 50 guests will be able to attend the event between 12pm – 2pm and tickets cost £10.
Diana, a psychotherapist and founder of the Menopause Support campaign, menopausesupport, will be joined by author Jane Lewis, who has written a book about her own menopause experience.
Diana is the driving force behind the #MakeMenopauseMatter campaign, launched with the support of cross-party MPs at Westminster in October 2018. Around 100,000 people have so far signed her online petition calling for a major change in the way people talk about menopause.
She has succeeded in making menopause part of the school curriculum from September 2020 and is now calling for improved GP training and Menopause at Work policies to be implemented.
Former aerospace IT project manager and single mum Aline Boblin, aged 51, from Hollywood, Wythall, is helping to co-ordinate the Solihull event and hopes to encourage women who would like to know more about menopause.
Aline, who experienced ‘peri-menopause’ (the onset of menopause) for more than seven years, says her symptoms were so disruptive she decided to take redundancy five months ago.
She said: “I had a 26-year international career with a local aerospace company until June this year. I accepted redundancy after several months being off due to menopausal symptoms.
“After what I can see now was a hellish peri-menopause journey, I’m back to being me and enjoying life again, raising menopause awareness locally through events and on social media, increasing my medical knowledge on all things menopause.
“Empowerment through knowledge – that’s my objective.
“I wish I knew seven years ago what I know now and hope to help prevent other women having the same challenges as me.
“Women are still too used to suffering in silence.”
Recent research from the independent Nuffield Health group has found 13 million women in the UK are either peri- or post menopausal, with one in four women experiencing severe debilitating symptoms.
Currently there are only 29 NHS menopause clinics in the UK, with waiting times for appointments up to six months, 72% of women in work say they feel unsupported, 9 nine out of 10 women say they feel unable to talk to managers at work and one in five take time off to deal with menopausal symptoms.
Tickets for the event on Saturday November 30 are available here: eventbrite