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Kirsty Wark’s praise for Perth’s groundbreaking Menopause Café

The World’s first Menopause Café will be held in Perth next month, aimed at breaking down taboos over the ‘third stage of life’.

Inspired by Kirsty Wark’s recent BBC Scotland documentary on the subject, the free event will be hosted by Perth-based Rowan Consultancy, who celebrate their 20th anniversary this year.

With both male and female participants of all ages, Menopause Café will be held between 6 and 8pm on Monday, June 12, 2017 in the city’s Blend Coffee Lounge.

In their 20 year history, Rowan Consultancy have seen over 3,000 counselling clients and delivered training to at least that number of participants within commercial organisations across Perthshire, Dundee, Angus and Fife.

PBN member Rachel Weiss commented: “The Menopause Café is aimed at women and men of all ages who would like to come along and talk about the menopause, to share their stories, experiences and questions, all made that little bit easier with tea and cake.

“Everything we do at Rowan is underpinned by communication and, having used this format successfully to discuss the similarly taboo topic of death, we thought the menopause would be another topic to explore, and encourage conversation around. Unfortunately, many women feel that they should just ‘get on with’ the Menopause, with some never talking to their friends of family about it, but the reality is that it affects all women eventually, not forgetting those who live and spend time with them. People can come along and just listen, or join in on the discussions, hopefully leaving with a clearer sense of the impact of the menopause on those who are experiencing it, alongside their families, friends and colleagues.”

The event has also been welcomed by Kirsty Wark who said: “I am so thrilled that this group has started a Menopause Café. I hope this event inspires others to do the same.”

In addition to Rachel Weiss, the event is being organised by Lorna Fotheringham, Andy Sanwell and Gail Jack, also from Perth.

Lorna added: “When I saw Rowan Consultancy’s original Facebook post regarding this idea, I thought how brilliant that someone is thinking of doing something locally. The BBC Scotland programme has opened a door to a bigger conversation and I’m delighted that Rachel has brought the idea to life.”

Meanwhile, Gail continued: “I struggled for years not realising that I was going through the peri-menopause so I’m glad to be involved in this groundbreaking cafe. A space to chat, laugh and gain wisdom over a cup of coffee!”

Booking is recommended. For more information, please visit  http://www.menopausecafe.net/