Pupils at £43,665-a-year Harrow School to be taught about the menopause by social media influencers to make them into ‘considerate’ young men
- Harrow School will teach pupils about the menopause starting next term
- A social media influencer has been enlisted to teach boys about ‘the change’
- Lesley Salem, a ‘menopause influencer’, will lead the interactive workshop
Pupils at a leading public school will learn about the menopause to help them grow into ‘considerate’ young men, it was revealed today.
Harrow School, which charges £43,665-a-year, has enlisted a social media influencer to teach boys about ‘the change’.
The move is designed to demystify what students’ mothers, relatives and teachers could be going through.
Next term, 160 sixth-formers will take part in the interactive workshop with Lesley Salem, a ‘menopause influencer’ and founder of Over The Bloody Moon (OTBM), an online community and enterprise designed to ‘remove the muddle from menopause’.
Harrow School (pictured), which charges £43,665-a-year, has enlisted a social media influencer to teach boys about ‘the change’
The workshop will highlight changes that women experience, drawing parallels with puberty.
Teenagers will take part in an empathy exercise entitled ‘in her shoes’.
Ms Salem, 49, told The Times: ‘They’ll have a mum, an aunt, a teacher going through the menopause right now — in the future it will be partners, friends and colleagues.’
Simon Sampson, head of personal, social, health and economic education (PHSE) at Harrow, added that teaching pupils about the menopause would support ‘Harrow boys to grow up as considerate young men, compassionate partners and more understanding colleagues’.
Ms Salem is one of a growing number of women trying to destigmatise menopause and raise awareness of the debilitating symptoms many suffer.
TV presenter, Davina McCall, journalist Mariella Frostrup, the Countess of Wessex, and Meg Matthews, ex-wife of Oasis singer, Noel Gallagher have all spoken about their experiences.
Pupils at the leading public school will learn about the menopause to help them grow into ‘considerate’ young men (stock image)
Earlier this year, TV presenter, Gabby Logan, 47, called on men to learn more about the menopause.
Speaking to Jeremy Vine, she said: ‘I feel like if a man was going through all this, I think we’d probably be able to get HRT (hormone replacement therapy) from vending machines.
Labour MP, Carolyn Harris, has also spearheaded a campaign resulting in the government cutting the cost of repeated HRT prescription charges in England.
The menopause – when a woman stops having periods – normally begins between ages 45 and 55, with the average age of menopause being 51.
In Britain, there were around 13 million women who were in peri or post-menopause in 2016.
Menopause symptoms often include difficulty sleeping, hot flushes, increased anxiety, low moods, loss of libido and bladder issues. However, some women have admitted to being pushed to the brink of suicide.
The workshop will highlight changes that women experience, drawing parallels with puberty. Teenagers will take part in an empathy exercise entitled ‘in her shoes’ (stock image)
Diane Danzebrink, who launched the #MakeMenopauseMatter campaign, told The Times a hysterectomy in 2012 triggered early menopause, which left her in a ‘dark and scary place’.
She admits being ‘within a hair’s breadth of driving in front of a lorry’ before her family intervened. She was put on HRT.
Meanwhile, David Salmon today called on men to better recognise signs of ill mental health in their menopausal partners after losing his wife of 41 years.
Linda Salmon, 56, of Keighley, West Yorkshire, took her own life last April after her anxiety suffered during the onset of the first national lockdown.
Mr Salmon believes the menopause significantly contributed to her poor mental health and claimed the pandemic ‘pushed her over the edge’.
Data from the Samaritans shows the highest rate of suicide among women is between the ages of 45 and 54.
Harrow School was founded in 1572 under a Royal Charter granted by Queen Elizabeth 1.
Old Harrovians include former Prime Minister Winston Churchill, actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Edward Fox, singer James Blunt and director, Richard Curtis.
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