Suicide in menopause

This isn’t something I’d normally be happy to talk about, but I think it has to be mentioned in order to highlight the seriousness of this most natural of female transitions when it hits hard.  This DOES NOT apply to every woman.

I’ve paraphrased an article from itvNEWS today:

Suicide rates in women of menopausal age have risen 6% in 20 years, according to the Office of National Statistic (ONS).

Many women going through menopause have symptoms that can include exhaustion, anxiety, depression and weight gain – dismissed or misdiagnosed, leaving them to cope on their own. Alongside the physical and emotional toll of menopause, women of menopausal age can often find themselves caring for children and ageing parents, and frequently find themselves isolated.

Menopause Experts Group founder Dee Murray has treated many women struggling with mental health issues during the perimenopause. She said many did not realise the impact their changing hormones had on their mental health. 

“Menopause affects every woman differently, but for many it can bring unpleasant physical, emotional and psychological symptoms that can be challenging to deal with….and many women will not know that they can commonly be caused by menopause. We cannot ignore what is happening or let these women suffer.

“Women who are not aware they are going through menopause can be caught off guard by feelings of worthlessness, confusion and a complete lack of confidence. 

“As well as those in the medical profession, psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors need to be trained in the basic knowledge of menopause so they can identify the root causes in patients they treat.

“Women going through menopause need support from friends, family and colleagues, and we would recommend that everyone takes our free training so they are ready for whatever perimenopause and menopause throw at them.

“Many women in their 60s are happier post-menopause as the body and brain adjust to new hormone levels. This clearly has an impact on their psychology.

Last month, former model Penny Lancaster opened up to ITV News about her own difficult experiences with menopause. “I’m getting there, I’ve been on treatment for two months now, but it just breaks my heart that there are so many who are suffering. Sometimes I bawl my eyes out and I’ve got no reason to cry and then I feel guilty for crying because I live a very privileged life, I have no reason to be upset and crying. I’m not feeling sorry for myself, I don’t expect people to feel sorry for me, this is just a women’s issue that needs to be talked about.”

I’m not a qualified clinician, dietician, or psychologist, or anything! I write based only on my own experiences, personal views, and research into menopause. Please always seek the advice of a professional. Jacky Wood

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