The silence surrounding the menopause has led to generations of women being under informed about what to expect and how to cope with the symptoms they may experience when transitioning to menopause. Menstruation binds women together with common experiences breaking down barriers, this doesn’t yet seem to be the case with the menopause. It remains a taboo subject which many women do not feel comfortable talking about.
Society currently views the menopause negatively, with hushed conversations taking place between trusted friends. We want to start frank conversations where, with the help of a researcher, we encourage people to challenge their own and society’s view of the menopause, and question why it is still not readily acceptable to talk about it. No longer shying away but embracing it as a step to a new liberating stage of life. Discussing something still regarded as taboo and not readily talked about needs to be handled sensitively. Using drama, comedy and a variety of creative activities we will create safe, supported spaces and settings to kickstart and encourage what may be currently seen as difficult conversations for individuals, friends and family to start to explore the journey through the menopause with a smile instead of fear.
We are delighted to be working with Dr Vanessa Beck from Bristol University to break down to taboos surrounding the menopause. Vanessa has carried out research into why starting conversations about menopause can be difficult and why we need to start these conversations. You can find out more about Vanessa’s research here and more information about menopause resources here.
We’ve been holding a series of workshops as part of this project and seen some brilliant pieces of art created, friends found and conversations started. We’d love to know if you would like to see more of these workshops being held, and what you would like to see being offered. If you could take a few minutes to complete this survey it will help us plan more. You can find the survey here
Tricky Hat Presents The Flames – 25 September
The Flames will reignite in a striking and innovative mix of film, music and performance to explore stories about life after fifty, presenting a fresh look at how we approach ageing. Join The Flames for a unique performance of devised work, taking inspiration from everyday life, to challenge pre-conceived ideas of how older people think and what they aspire to.
This event is part of OnFife’s Pause Not Full Stop Project, aiming to break barriers that stop us from talking openly about the Menopause, and bringing it into the spotlight. The Flames are working hard to create this unique performance. As well as enjoying and being inspired by the performance we hope you’ll stay to chat about your experiences of the Menopause. Book your place here.
If you’ve taken part in any of our Pause Not Full Stop activities or events and haven’t yet shared your experiences, then please take a few moments to give us some feedback with this short Engaging Libraries survey. Find the survey here
This project is supported by the Carnegie Trust Engaging Libraries project. Engaging Libraries supports public libraries to run public engagement activities on research within the themes of health, society, and culture. It helps to facilitate partnerships between public libraries and researchers, and spark people’s curiosity around topics that are relevant or interesting to them. The programme is a partnership between the Carnegie UK Trust, Wellcome and the Wolfson Foundation.